Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Off to a rough start....

Starch. My downfall. This morning, I had my usual eggs and toast, but while I was out? A stop to Robin's netted a bagel and cream cheese with my coffee. No butter though! For lunch? A ciabatta bun with butter. Starch, starch, starch. Tonight, I was thinking of making a bit of soup to atone for it all. But what goes better with soup than a nice hearty roll? LOL Better stick with the original plan of chicken and salad. Looking forward to it, actually. On the positive side? The denim skirt is getting more comfortable. Either I am going down in size or the weekly try-ons are stretching it! Maybe next week? The jacket and shirt are perfect, but the skirt is a bit snug. Zips up really good though!

My shopping list is short this week. Cabbage, milk and tea from the healthfood store. Friday is my trip to Costco, and by then, I am sure there will be something that we are out of! With hubby out of town, the food just doesn't seem to disappear like it does when he is here!

Breakfast: eggs & toast, butter, milk
Lunch: Ciabatta bun and butter
Snack: Sesame bagel with garlic cream cheese
Supper: Fish & chips, cole slaw with apple, 1T Miracle Whip blended with rice wine vinegar
Snack: popcorn with fake spray butter stuff!

Monday, September 29, 2008


Do not, I repeat, do not, take me to any more lunches at really good Greek restaurants! I am crazy for good Greek salad...and anything else, I may add! Today,though, I did use a bit of self control. I had a toasted blt, no butter, mayo on the side and about a cup and a half of Greek salad. MMMM good!

Then, a bit of shopping to wear it all off, and a nap instead of supper! Not the best balanced meal, and of course, since I didn't have supper? I snacked on crackers and cream cheese. Even that was permissable...it was the berry strudel with chocolate drizzles that my dear son brought home late at night....well, of course, I couldn't say no to such a considerate gesture. I don't even know how you would begin to count the calories on that baby! So, tomorrow is another day. It will be that much lonlier here without him, as he makes his way home.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

End of the weekend...

mealtimes were harried to say the least, but we managed to keep our portions under control. Since the time went by in such a blur, I am really not sure what I have been eating - but I have been recording every morsel on Fitday. We are reaching the end of the reno...the blinds are ordered, and the only decision I have to make immediately is a paint colour for two kitchen walls. Oh, of course, then there is the family room, and the downstairs powder room...sigh. Does it never end?

Today, we went out to Winnipeg beach and were treated to a homemade lunch of borscht and homemade bread. Our hostess was an eighty-one year old woman that lives in the country and grows all of her own vegetables. The large property is as neat as a pin, and she is living proof how healthy eating benefits you! She began full time volunteer work this September, and this Saturday? Put in three hours in her garden with the rototiller after a full day out! What a good example she is, in so many ways.

Today's food:
Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk
Lunch: Borscht (with the beet greens as well)and a dab of sour cream, two slices of bread and butter. Just a taste of quiche and a small bite of rhubarb cake.
Supper: Fish, oven fries, banana bread, tea

Thursday, September 25, 2008

So tired today...

It was all I could do to get done what I had to do today! Pedicure and manicure, hair cut at eleven....I dragged myself out of bed at 9:30, barely making it to the salon on time. I am not suffering from a virus, or any other malady other than foolishness...the consequence of spending last night with two of my favourite young people, laughing and talking until 2:30 in the morning! An old lady like me shouldn't expect to keep up with young blood!

Hubby got back from his trip, and we went shopping for accessories tonight. We desperately need lamps. Well, of course we found nothing. The next step is to continue on, and purchase as we can find what we really like. I am so tired of this! Tonight we did find a new lighting fixture for my office, so that is installed and glowing!

I also stopped by the grocery store to pick up the fixings for my favourite lazy dinner...fish and chips. I buy the McCain Superfries Lo-fat. Not that they are any great bargain calorie wise, but they taste good to me. I like to have those on hand for times when I need to prepare a reasonably filling meal on short notice. Supper around here,seems to always be on short notice!

Supper tonight was a scrambled egg sandwich, and neither of us had an appetite for anything else. I am sipping my fennel tea, and hubby is munching Cheerios in front of the TV as I write...ah, the simple life! Seems to me, that when I am tired, I really crave carbs. Today was one of those days. Totally maxed out on the carbs!

Breakfast: eggs, half a multigrain bagel, milk
Lunch: cream cheese and cucumber sandwich, 100 calorie "treat" bar
Snack: multigrain bagel and cream cheese
Supper: scrambled egg sandwich, ketchup
So, time to take my rose toes off to bed. I can hear the pillow calling....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


On Fitday, there is a "report" feature that is quite the eye opener. I have been losing an average of .73 pounds a week. Slow. SLOW! But it is coming off. I am, at this time 45 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight. But it has taken me an incredibly long time. Fighting with my body hasnt' worked, but learning to cooperate with it has! At this rate, I ought to be a liftable weight by the time I hit the old folks home!

Breakfast: eggs & toast, milk, plums
Lunch: vegetable soup, crackers and butter
Supper: fruit and cottage cheese
Snack: crackers and cream cheese

Monday, September 22, 2008

A spoonful of butter...

I made an exciting discovery today. There are certain things that you just don't do when you are watching your calories. Like putting butter on your crackers when you are having soup, or cream cheese on your crackers for a snack. Well, being the rebel that I am, I wanted butter with my crackers this dark and rainy day. So, on my plate, with my portion of crackers, I put a teaspoon of precisely measured butter, still in the spoon! I expected to have a few dry crackers when it was gone, but to my surprise, and normal buttering techniques? It covered all NINE crackers!(whole wheat Premium Plus) and made my simple cup of canned vegetable soup into a dining experience! So, tonight when it came to snack time? Out came the cream cheese. 30 calories for a Tablespoon. I literally slathered it onto eight "fancy" rosemary and garlic crackers, for another tasty sensation. The moral of the story is, how many things in life do we pass by, because they have too many calories, or cost too much or some other reason? If a simple teaspoon of butter or a tablespoon of cream cheese can make you happy? Why say no? Count it and enjoy it!

Early morning emergency: sometimes, nomatter what you do, the sugars drop in the night, and you wake up in a clammy sweat, and desperately need sugar. So, at about four thirty this morning, I had a Hershey 100 calorie treat bar. Wish I had been concious to enjoy the whole taste, but it was sweet, and it was good!

Breakfast: one piece of toast & butter, two eggs, skim milk
Lunch: 1 cup of vegetable soup, nine crackers with butter, activia yogurt
Snack: Hershey 100 calorie bar. This time I took my time and enjoyed every minty bite!
Supper: 2 pieces of breaded haddock, lo-fat oven chips, 10 oz of plums
Snack: eight fancy crackers and cream cheese

Sunday, September 21, 2008


enough hair to knit a cat underneath the refrigerator...could explain the chugging noises? We have had another busy day 'redecorating'. That is a misnomer. I told Rick, that I thought this was like moving into a very dirty house...but it is our dirt, so we understand the pathetic state of affairs. Just have been too busy over the last couple of years to do the basic maintenance consistently. We got behind on the "we" stuff when Rick's knees were bad...I mean really, the guy had enough to do keeping upright without having to pull out appliances! On the upside? I think I will be able to cope quite nicely with the kitchen as is, with the fresh paint, until we get stupid and try this redecorating gig again. I just want peace and order in my home...when I look around? I see so much that we have accomplished this year. And we still have a couple of months to go! Amid the upset, I have managed to regroup and build new habits. I slide back once in awhile, forgetting to eat, not eating enough, eating the wrong things out of convenience, thinking I can get away with it, but usually? My internal appestat works with me now, rather than against me! Basic, but not easy. Sigh.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Another working weekend.....

BUT I did have a clean kitchen! I made banana bread this morning. The house smells great, and I am hoping it will keep the man motivated to keep painting. I wonder how many calories stewing about window coverings burns? I go to bed at night thinking of one choice, and wake up thinking of another. Too many decisions in one year, if you ask me! I have one more choice to make. Kitchen paint. I only need to make 1/2 of a choice, because two of the walls will be the living room colour.

food for today:
Breakfast: eggs, toast, butter, milk
Snack: Fennel tea
Lunch: Turkey sandwich, diet pop, plums
Supper: salmon, rice pilaf with yellow and red peppers, mushrooms, Caesar salad, asparagus, and banana bread
Snack: more fruit if I can possibly stuff it in!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What a wonderful day in the neighbourhood...

A friend and I went to lunch at Bellamy's today. I had a great Greek Salad, and a piece of garlic toast. LOVED it! I am always leery of new restaurants, but I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch. I wasn't sure which size to order, but it turned out to be just right to have the appetizer size. It was a small plate, heaped with goodness.

Then, it was off to Costco for restocking of the fruit. This is something like changing of the guard but without the neat music. ( Q Liz has more money than I do, and can affort to buy her guys fancy hats AND musical instruments) So, now with the frig stuffed with goodness, I have no excuse to look elsewhere for nurishment. The small plums were on for 5.99 for five pounds, so that alone will keep us noshing for a good long time.

As for progress on the house? The baseboards have been installed in the guest room, signifying the completion of that room. Now all it needs is some furniture and I will be able to "move in" with all the nicities of life. Like the bedding, lamps, you know the drill. It is a lovely shade of bile green...swamp green...rather putrid but attractive none the less. It is one of those colours that fall between the lines. I quite like it!

This weekend we hope to get the living room painted completely, and dare I hope for the kitchen? Of course that means going to find paint. I have a feeling we might be short a gallon of the living room colour anyway, so two birds with one stone...

As for the food? Totally out of control. Our dear friend cooked us supper tonight...lamb chops (OH NOOOOOOO! Love 'em!) and ravioli with homemade pesto sauce. Fresh strawberries for dessert and a tossed salad. MMMMM good! Best meal we have had since the last time he fed us!

So, that was my day.

Breakfast: eggs, toast, milk, coffee
Lunch: Greek Salad, garlic bread (1 slice)
Supper: lamb chops, tossed salad, asparagus (roasted) ravioli & pesto, strawberries for dessert. AND fresh, fresh, fresh, Mediterranian bread....oh my...
Snack: double up on the Fennel tea! I am going to need it!

Oops I did it again...

Eating devil burgers at ten at night. This has got to stop. I should be going to bed at this hour, not loading my body with greasiness, nummy though it may be. But alas. I was hungry, and the coupons were there. Sigh. Another day with no hope of a loss. I under ate again today. When will I learn? When that happens, there is always a backlash. The big push to finish the upstairs painting this weekend is definitely on, and Ricky is on a roll! He is now keeping his pants up with a safety pin, and when he is done with this project, we will have to go shopping for some new sweat pants. This has done wonders for his physique! And just think. There is the whole lower level to paint when he has finished this one!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just when you thought you knew...

Who hasn't had the pancakes at MacDonald's because the egg McMuffin was a bad choice? I read this morning that it isn't! In fact, you can have two egg McMuffins for the "cost" of pancakes. Go figure. Check out http://www.menshealth.com/eatthis/fast-food/McDonald_s.php?cm_mmc=ETNTNL-_-2008_09_18-_-MainBlk-_-ETNT_Mcdonalds for details. The longer I am at this, the more I learn.

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk
Snack: Fennel tea
Lunch: turkey breast sandwich with Miracle Whip, and lettuce, diet grapefruit pop.
Supper: Who knows?

Menu for Today

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk
Lunch: Leftover celery soup, liver sausage and olive sandwich (I know, it sounds wierd, but sooooooo good!) Activia yogurt
Snack:Fennel tea
Supper: PC's white cheddar macaroni and pickled beets
Snack: Sunchips, cottage cheese and strawberries. (There is fruit a plenty on the turn, so I will be stuffing myself and hubby with apples!)

Let me just mention Fennel tea. I made a large cup of this beatiful licorice-y stuff, and it has already worked its magic. Ah the simple things in life...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

So, it has been a busy few days...

I hadn't realized that I had been away so long. Food choices haven't been the best, but in the present circumstances, the main criteria is sanitation, rather than variety. Last night took the cake though, as we did a MacDonald's drive through at ten o'clock. Not good. However, being the dutiful little dieter that I am, I recorded every point, and for once tracked all of my activities through the day to see exactly what the damages really added up to. Well, here is a news flash. I don't think it was all that bad. I certainly will not repeat that behaviour tonight (mainly because of the bad dreams poison food gives you...) but it was only a couple hundred calories over what I had burned during the day. Surely, I am allowed an indiscretion on occasion?

To make amends tonight, I roasted a chicken breast, boiled potatoes, nuked some carrots and grilled some asparagus for supper tonight. It seems to me that I always do better if I have a traditional meal, rather than a casserole, or easy fix thing. Good ol' meat & potatoes does wonders for me. I am still pleasantly full from supper, so it works. When I analyse what preceeded last night's walk on the wild side? It was the fact that I had not had a good evening meal for several days. Grabbing a sandwich just doesn't do it when you are trying to control your calories!

I can't say enough good things about Fitday.com. I would be pulling out my hair for a week had I done this on Weight Watcher's! Sensible. Steady. Mind the calories, and the fat/carb/protein ratio by just entering what you eat. I did avoid the scale this morning though. All that devil salt had a chance to blow me up like a puffer fish overnight, and I did not need the discouragement of an extra pound or two of water weight....hopefully it is water! Tomorrow is another day.

As for progress on the house? The man is now working in the spare room. Actually doing the door trim as I speak. We are reclaiming the house inch by inch. Little tip for you. You can't rip up carpets, and paint a whole house in a couple of weeks, and hold down your day job!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Tim's Apple Fritter

has 300 calories. And eleven grams of fat. And soooooooooo worth every calorie! It was fresh, and goey good. But now I am left with sweet memories, and a lot of gas!
I had it with a decaf coffee with Coffeemate (I bring my own to Tim's as cream doesn't agree with me. There are very odd things in my purse.)Ah, the good life.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Time for a packed lunch....

Why is it that sitting for a whole day makes you so hungry? I have no idea why, but I am loading the lunch bag for the inevitable hunger pangs brought on by concentrating! The menu plan for tomorrow is:

Breakfast: Yep. Eggs & toast, butter, skim milk

Lunch: Turkey sandwich, carrots & snap peas with Marzetti's veggie dip, Sunchips, and a diet grapefruit. Of course an Activia yogurt thrown in for good measure, and a few almonds for three oclock...hmmm...maybe a few prunes as well. Hunger is not the only hazard encountered from sitting all day! And a couple bottles of water, which are now becoming quite politically incorrect. Thing is, dying of dehydration is a little more uncomfortable than ruffling a few feathers. Repeat menu for Sunday. We bought sliced turkey breast meat at Costco...real sliced turkey, not the pressed into a loaf type. I warmed some up for supper, with a bit of leftover gravy and half a chicken breast leftover from my supper the other night.

Supper: I have some bison burgers all ready for the BBQ. All we have to do is toss together a salad, and wash a couple of potatoes to nuke. Then it will be back to work on the house for the evening. There are sll sorts of little jobs that can be done. I am beginning to think doing the kitchen this year isn't such a good idea. I really don't think my nerves can take anymore! If Hubby had more time off, maybe it would be easier, but he always has to leave for a few days, or take time to work. Ah, the inconvenience of it all!

Friday - September 12

So, this morning I had my usual breakfast. Not exciting, but really starts my day off right. For lunch? I decided to treat myself to a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich. My favourite, that I often hold back on because of the devil cream cheese. Well, it turns out that when I used my handy dandy one Tablespoon scoop? It made a very nice portion that covered the bread very nicely. FOR THIRTY CALORIES!!!I bought the Philly herb & garlic light and when I bothered to check the label? Found out that I have been overcharging myself, yet again. So, I had two sandwiches for lunch.

I had popcorn for supper last night (the man is away, what can I say?)so I expected the scale to zoom up this morning, due to the salt. But guess what? another pound down. Could it be that my body is finally content and willing to let go of some body clutter? I have made small changes. MUFAs at every meal, for one. And it doesn't have to be a big amount, a few almonds here, a couple olives there, a bit of oil.... I now cook my eggs in half a teaspoon of grapeseed oil. Just a smidge, to make the non stick really non stick! I try to get some dairy with every meal, and I am still not getting enough potassium. So, I will have to go the "meat & potatoes" for supper route, and see if that works. I don't mind bananas but they are not my favourite. Maybe in a drink? Hmmmm...banana, frozen berries and a bit of skim milk? Must dig out the Cuisinart and try it!

Yesterday, I actually added up my activity calories, and used them. I had to! I had popcorn for supper, remember? As it turned out? All is well.So, there is my life in the fast lane as of noon. Who knows what the rest of the day will bring?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


What happened to Monday and Tuesday? Gone in a blur and a haze of paint fumes. We have made a little progress, and I must say, I am fond of the colour in the living room. It really does need a lot more lighting at night. Perhaps 1000 Watt halogen lamps? LOL But, it is very soft and cozy. I have been spending hours trying to decide on window treatments - 2" Venetians? Cellular blinds? The multiple choices of each makes my head hurt!. What a pain! We should all just live by the rule of "don't look" if you pass by someone's house and they are inappropriately attired! Mind you, the prime reason for wanting blinds of some sort, is to keep the devil sun from fading the paintings and couch. Not to mention the wood furniture and carpeting. Heaven knows, I don't want to go through a carpet installation like this ever again! The hutch and buffet are scheduled to move back to the dining room this morning when sleepyhead gets up. Imagine the nerve. The man works all day, then paints and installs baseboards until the wee hours of the morning, and has the nerve to sleep in before heading out of town. He is a good man, did I mention?

Another good thing is that there has been a shift in my weight. I am crawling down, slowly but surely. I love FITDAY!! So much better than WW online! For instance, last night we had chicken and dumplings for supper. (Recycled vegetable soup, with a leftover chicken breast sliced finely and simple fluffy dumplings plopped on top. My hubby thinks I am a genius! As it turns out? Dumplings - a generous portion mind you - work out to only 220 calories. Simple "homely" food seems to satisfy better than the same amount of calories spent on bread, or some other treat from the grocery store. Makes me wonder why I denied myself things like this for so many years. This has been quite the reality check!

Yesterday's menu:

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk
Lunch: woops - forgot to eat
Supper; chicken and dumplings, grapes
Snack: Red Pepper Hummus 2 T and whole wheat crackers

*I discovered that my small ice cream scoop holds exactly a tablespoon. I love my scoops. I paid a fortune for them at a restaurant supply store years ago, and they have held up remarkably well. The large scoop is 1/2 a cup, and I also have a scoop that is 1/3 of a cup. So much easier than getting out a measuring cup every mealtime. I have found that I was underestimating portion sizes a lot. May as well take what you pay for, aye?

Today's menu:
Breakfast: always the same. Keeps my blood sugars regulated!
Lunch: why do I keep skipping lunch? Could be I was up to my eyeballs in shredded files in the office!
Supper: chicken breast, cooked carrots, pan gravy (1 T butter, 2 T flour, 2 cups stock - tons left over)
Snack: feeling sorry for my lonely self, so I hit the peanut butter sandwich trail. And I had a glass of milk, too! So self indulgent.

Snack: pear

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday, and we are in the living room...

and things are looking good. I have my kitchen back...that is, if you don't count the office furniture, and the dining room buffet and hutch taking up space. I was able to prepare some canteloupe with my Nicer Dicer this morning, so we have something to snack on. It actually felt good to put away the clean dishes, and swipe the counters. I spent the rest of the day wiping drywall dust from all the stuff here in the kitchen. On the topic of dust. I am quite impressed with our central vacuum....you aren't supposed to vacuum drywall dust as it will harm the motor, yada yada yada. Since I never use the thing (that long hose is so cumbersome) good riddance, I thought. However, I have completely changed my opinion of the thing. After filling the five gallon holding tank, it was still going strong and maintaining power. A small thing, but isn't it nice to find out something is actually useful after writing it off? So, to make up to it, I washed its little purple sleeve....an add on that makes the hose look like a big purple snake and keeps it from damaging the corners of your paintwork...activity points for that one must have counted for something, because it was hard on the arms to pull that silly thing off and on. It took me ages to do, too, which reminded me of why I didn't like the thing in the first place! But now, it is clean and put away, ready for Rick to use! There is a solution for every problem isn't there?

I have been finding pockets of yuck in the house that I had no idea existed. We have never lived in a house for 12 years before, and apparently the dresser gathers dust on the INSIDE. Who knew? It is something you don't want to admit to finding in your house, that is for sure! So now the whole world knows! LOL I must get a schedule going, to take care of all the little jobs that need doing a little more regularly. It amazes me how dust gets everywhere. One nice thing about all of this redecorating, it makes fall cleaning completely unecessary. See? There is silver in every cloud.

Breakfast: eggs, toast, butter, skim milk and coffee
Lunch: Pillar's smoked turkey sandwich with 1 T of miracle whip, 1.5 cups of grapes
Supper: MacDonald's here we come. We want to treat Mark for all the lifting and helping he has been doing for us. Besides, we have coupons! This week will not be a losing week, I can tell you that much!

Saturday, September 6, 2008


of having breakfast at the table again. Simple dream? But so complicated right now! There are certain things you have to forego if you are doing upgrades in your whole house. Dressing from a laundry basket is another one, and sleeping on the floor in the family room? A given. But this too shall pass. Progress comes in very small steps for me. In every area of my life! This morning as I was measuring out butter for my toast, I thought "why bother". I have been counting every gram of everything for over a year, and to date have minimal weight loss. The struggle is to keep going despite discouragement. Now hey, isn't that just life?

Breakfast: two eggs, one toast with butter, skim milk
Snack: apricot or pear
Lunch: soup, easy to serve in a cup
Supper: fish "en paquet"(cooked in parchment paper with onions and a bit of butter) potatos, cooked carrots, green salad + homemade dressing
Snack: apricot or pear

Friday, September 5, 2008


Soup and salad for lunch, and only one bread stick. One. Just one! I am so proud of me! We are decorating again this weekend. 'We' as in, 'I find something to do to keep out of the way, and Rick slaves away with the paint pots'. I am of course, responsible for keeping the samples and paint chips filed neatly in an old dayrunner. Brilliant idea if I must say so myself. I have samples of everything in one place to take shopping.

What to do with the closet remains a puzzle. We have these huge mirrored closet doors that were brass. Rick gets the bright idea that we can make them "mirror" finish, to make them disappear. So, after four coats of spray paint, what do we have? A dismal grey. I HATE GREY. So now, I am sure it will only take us about four more colours to find something that will work. White with white walls may disappear...or it could glare. Black? Would give a nice stark oriental screen look to them....sand? MIGHT match the rug. Sigh. Should have left well enough alone. How many calories do you burn mulling over choices?

So for today:
Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk
Lunch: Two bowls of minestrone soup (without chunks. I hate chunks.) And three helpings of salad. The plates were small, okay? And one bread stick of course! Well, then there were the chocolates I scorfed when I came home. Sigh.
Supper: Hummus and crackers
Snack: Nectarine or pear


So, we were invited out for supper tonight. And what a supper it was! We had cooked radishes(Joc likes watching French cooking at home too!) Atlantic salmon, with basmati rice. And peppermint patties to finish it all off! What a nice change it was to sit at a table and enjoy good food & wine with good friends. Lately, meals we eat around here are consumed "on the hoof" or not at all!

I am not holding out much hope for weight loss this week, but I am tracking faithfully on fitday.com...I love that site. So much better than WW and free to boot. I am thinking of ordering the program...nah...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Now here is an interesting lunch...

And is it ever filling! Of course, if you were a balanced individual you would not pack away as many crackers, but what the heck! There aren't many meals you can prepare in a kitchen that is holding most of the furniture from a three bedroom house! But, I can open the door to the frig, and get a knife out of the drawer! I had Premium Plus crackers with Peppadew Hummas by Sabros. Oh my. I had two helpings of each, which was 18 crackers and 4 T of hummus. For 300 calories, I feel better, and more satisfied than after eating that devil burger yesterday. That was 563 calories PLUS the chips, and trust me, it wasn't as good as today's lunch. I came home from my quarterly visit to the doctor, with the assurance that I was doing great. At least one man in my life is pleased with me! My sugars are at 6.2 (averaged over time) which is quite the accomplishment! This journey is all about health, and of course fitting into a Cotton Ginny denim skirt.

Breakfast: eggs, toast & butter, milk, coffee
Lunch: whole wheat saltines, hummus
Supper: again, a mystery meal
Snacks: prunes, oranges

Carpeting is done, and so am I....

What a day. It took them all day to do the carpet, and what a good job they did! If anybody needs the name of a good installer, I will gladly recommend these young fellows. I am so pleased, even though the kitchen has been out of commission all day, with no hope for tomorrow!

Today just does not count. We had lunch at McDonald's ~ I had a Big Mac and 1/2 of the fries that came in Rick's "Big Mac Meal" - Is that large or medium? Please tell me it is medium, because there is more bad coming! For supper....which was about 9 o'clock tonight by the time we did our Home Depot run and had time to think about food...we went to Tim's and had an everything bagel with herb & garlic cream cheese. No butter. Actually, I asked for it on the side, thinking that was how the cream cheese came, but no, they put the cream cheese on the bagel, and then gave me butter! LOL No logic there, folks. Anyway, I am tired to the bone, and although it wasn't the best day for me food wise? It wasn't toooo bad. 2049 calories for the day. Supposedly, I burn 2300+ by just existing, breathing, not moving a muscle. These long workdays are killing me, so I imagine there is some benefit in activity points? I shouldn't have had those almonds. Good as they are for you? They punch the dickins out of your calorie tally! As for the fast food? The salt alone will make me blow up like a whale. I don't know what the attraction to Big Macs is lately but it isn't good. I can go for ages without a BMA (Big Mac Attack, not a bodily function) but then? I become a repeat offender. It seems to me I just did this a minute ago...

Anyway, that was my day. Hauling furniture and packing it into the kitchen at the last minute, clearing out lower rods of the closets and storing clothes wherever else in the house there was room...but the results? Are going to be worth it. Rick has our room painted completely and all I need to do is order some blinds. The samples are coming within a week, so by the first of October we should be in business. More furniture shuffling and general tidying tomorrow. Did I say the carpeting looks good? Tahitian Sand. It really is the colour of sand, as it's name implies. Who knew?

Monday, September 1, 2008


Will this demolition never end???? It is like trying to cook in a war zone!

2 eggs, toast & butter, skim milk, 1 T of cheese whiz

Lunch: 1 cup of diced potatoes with bits of yellow pepper, onion and 1 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Roasted in the oven and served with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese. MMMM good. 1 cup of diced cantaloupe for dessert.

Supper out:
6 oz bison steak, 2 cups of salad with 1 T dressing, small square of foccacia bread, 3 oz of wine, asparagus 1/3 of a piece of a fantastic layer cake with raspberries from Le Grotto or some such name.... I am not usually tempted, but those raspberries...paired with a chocolate layer cake....how strong does a woman have to be? I started with my usual thievery of Rick's portion, but ended up taking three bites. Then, after declining a portion of my own? Succumbed to the lure of the raspberries, and took three bites out of that piece, and passing it on to Rick...who has the nerve to polish it all off with no guilt at all!

Snack: 1 cup of cantaloupe

So, I managed to stay on target. Tomorrow will be the push to get things in order before the carpeting arrives, so who knows what I will throw together? I made two chicken breasts to have on hand when I was doing the veggie lunch, so at least there is quick protein available.