Lyn's Journey to 8

A Weight Loss Adventure

A great healthy find!

As I continue on my journey, I sometimes get annoyed with minor setbacks. The main one is my inability to exercise at this time. If I can’t move, I can’t see any results and that in itself is frustrating. I keep watching infomercials (especially the Beachbody products) and I wonder if I will ever be able to take on such rigorous exercise. Aside from the fact that its HARD, it seems like a pretty tough challenge for someone who suffers from chronic pain. Is there any program out there for someone like me? I can only keep looking and hopefully I’ll find something suitable. Ah well. I still gotta eat 🙂

Last weeks meals were pretty darn awesome! I made a fruit bowl,  and an oldie but goodie, got a mood lifter for lunch from my husband, and then a brand new recipe that I simple adore ~ its another keeper! I like when I take traditional recipes and put my own spin on it – sometimes on purpose, sometimes because I use what I have and hope that it turns out well. I like when I come across other people online who make adjustments too. Recipes are guidelines, not rules.

I mentioned in my previous post that I’ve been struggling with snacking. Now that I’ve more or less removed myself from the kitchen table, I’ve been trying to make additional corrections as needed. I realized I’ve never made a fruit salad… until now! Navel Orange, Gapes, Cherries, Asian Pear, Blueberries, Kiwi and Strawberries. Awesome!

 

Mixed Fruit Bowl

I remember when I used to make this dish all the time. It was a real crowd pleaser. Its my version of Shepherds Pie – using lean ground turkey with mixed vegetables, and of course… my favourite… sweet potato instead of regular potato for the topping. A little cheese on top is great. Just a little 😉

 

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie with Spinach

 

One afternoon, I was feeling pretty down from my pain, and my husband surprised me with lunch. Callalloo with Dumpling and Yellow Yam! It was a nice little reminder of home 🙂 Tasted good too. I checked – one dumpling, one piece of yam. Totally acceptable.

 

Callalloo, Yam, Dumpling

 

I typically get bored with eating the same dinner over and over again. Which is quite strange since I can have the same breakfast all week and be fine. Hmmm. So anyway, I was thinking about a comfort dish for the family that the kids especially would enjoy. I then came across a recipe for a low-calorie, low everything (per serving) version of macaroni and cheese and I decided to give it a try. This Sweet Potato & Spinach Macaroni and Cheese dish was really REALLY good. I was supposed to use squash but thats not really something I have readily available. The sweet potato was basically boiled and pureed [my immersion blender is earning its keep!] and that is what gave the dish body, as would cheese and milk in a traditional mac and cheese recipe. My great healthy find! ❤

 

Sweet Potato Spinach Mac and Cheese

 

I realize the need for recipes on my blog. The meals that I’ve been eating are great family meals and are figure friendly. I think my next project should be a healthy living/food blog [with recipes] as opposed to a weight loss focused blog. What do you think?

Have a super week! (whats left of it :-). Take good care of you.

Ciao

 

January 26, 2011 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Splendor

Firstly, I’d like to extend seasons greetings to all my readers. This is a wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends, and also to reflect on the past year as the year comes to a close. I hope your Christmas was a blessed one and best wishes for the new year.

As for my holiday weight… holding FIRM at 139lbs. I still have so much work to do. But I am at peace taking my time 🙂

Christmas for me this year, gave me a warm tingly feeling inside. So many Christmases past, I’ve been by myself as my husband had to be at work. I too have had to work on Christmas Day years gone by – but no more. Thankfully, my family was together for most of the Christmas season and for that, I feel truly blessed and grateful.

This year, I was able to pull off our very first family Christmas dinner! Yes, the first! – where all family members were around the dining table 🙂 My daughter was in her high chair but still by the table where she could see everyone. I tried my hand at roasting a chicken and also tried a new recipe called Sweet Potatoes Anna With Prunes. It was very interesting and went down well. Rice was also on the menu (I didn’t have any though), and I made the gravy with the drippings from the roasting pan – simply delish. We really enjoyed the meal!

 

Christmas Roast Chicken & Veggies

Sweet Potatoes Anna With Prunes

Sweet Potatoes Anna With Prunes - Sweet Layers

More to come on my temporary employment “experiment” and food  and sleep woes! Have a terrific week everyone! xoxo

December 27, 2010 Posted by | food, Healthy Meals | , , , , , , | 2 Comments