So, it’s true. I slacked off severely for the last almost two months. I still managed to eat healthy until Christmas season (December), but the exercise dropped to nothing. I haven’t managed to lose a single pound since November and keep it off, though I have dropped as low as 209, Christmas season food, lack of exercise, and a massive plateau brought me hovering back to the 215 mark! I’m not discouraged though, because I realize that I didn’t try to lose weight, and can’t expect results with no effort!
I injured my leg, a strained muscle on the inside of my lower right leg, and since I didn’t take care of it properly, it has continued to haunt me. I went to the doctor recently though, and he gave me a prescription for anti-inflammatory, and advised me to keep it wrapped for two weeks, which I have been try to do. Hopefully this issue will resolve itself and I can get back to exercising. I’m going to need it, starting the year – always the most stressful time of year. I’ll need to be super careful with what I eat too!
So, in the past couple of weeks, I started slowly getting back on track food-wise. In doing so, I discovered the following things:
- I LOVE steel-cut oats. They are amazing. I was making single servings, and baking chunks of apple and cinnamong to go with it. Yesterday I decided to make a large batch and test out how well they reheat. I had my first reheated single serving this morning (which already had the apples mixed in), and it was fabulous. I bit of water and mashed it up to mix it and loosen it up a bit again, 2 minutes in the microwave and voila – amazing, healthy, breakfast on the go!
- I LOVE Spicy Hummus by Summer Fresh. This stuff is AMAZING. Today’s lunch was a half a whole wheat pita, with a tbsp of hummus slathered inside, some Compliments Peppercorn Spice Turkey Breast (lowest sodium of the Sobey’s turkey deli meats at the counter), mushroom pieces, light feta, and lettuce. DELICIOUS! I didn’t take pictures because, quite frankly, I inhaled it before I had a chance!!!
- Cookies CAN taste good and be healthy! I found a recipe for wholewheat oatmeal cookies yesterday, and due to an INTENSE craving for sweets during a snow storm, improvised my own version, and went a step further to create my very first healthy cookie! Oatmeal Whole Wheat Jam Jams!
Oatmeal Whole Wheat Jam Jams:
(Please excuse my horrendous pan – I need new pans – this is actually a pizza pan!)
1. Combine 1/4 c. margarine, 1/4 c. applesauce, and 1/2 c. peanut butter.
2. Add to this 1 egg and 3/4 to 1 c. brown sugar (depending on your tastes) and combine until smooth.
3. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp baking powder, and mix.
4. Add 1 c. rolled oats, 3/4 to 1 c. whole wheat flour, a couple tbsp. cocoa, and 1/4 c. wheat bran.
5. Combine all together into a cookie dough that can be rolled into balls. I didn’t give exact measurements on the dry ingredients, as you can see, because I just added a bit extra oatmeal and whole wheat flour, then a bit of cocoa until I got the consistency I needed to be able to roll into balls – they were still a bit wet and sticky, but rollable.
6. Put the balls on an ungreased cookie sheets, press down the middle, and cook in oven preheated to 325 degrees (depending on how hot your oven is – mine’s very hot) for about ten minutes – the bottom should be brown and the cookies firm enough for you to lift to check the bottom.
7. Place a dollop of your choice of jam in the middle of each, and put back into the oven for another 3-5 minutes.
8. When you take them, out, let them cool and bit, and then enjoy! Even Brad likes them – they don’t taste good for you at all. They’re high in calories (I didn’t figure it out, but with margarine, and grains, it would be – but the ingredients are much healthier than other cookies, especially substituting applesauce for part of the margarine.
They’re just nicely crunchy on the outside and bottom! Delicious. You could add more peanut butter if you want stronger PB flavor as well – the PB flavor is fairly mild.
If you substituted all of the margarine for unsweetened apple sauce, it would drop the cookies to about 82 calories per cookie, with the jam. Cuts a lot of fat out too, since the PB on its own has a great deal of fat in it. I don’t know if there is such a thing as reduced fat/calorie PB, but if there is, it could be used without affecting taste much, and reduce calories per cookie further.
You could also mix the brown sugar with some sugar twin to reduce the calories while maintaining sweetness, as the brown sugar contributes the largest number of calories (627 to the whole recipe, or 21 calories per cookie).
- Gala and Pink Lady Apples to try – I love apples, and needed something new from the Honeycrisp I was hooked on
- Green pepper, tuna (in the seal packages rather than cans – tastes much more fresh), fat-free mayo, and corn – mix the last three ingredients together along with whatever else I decide on, and pout in a cleaned out half green pepper. I may just eat this fresh, or I may heat it up, not sure yet.
- Whole wheat pitas, spicy hummus, vegetable hummus, turkey, low-sodium wheat-wise bread from Sobeys (110 calories per two slices, light feta and low-cal cheddar mix, for sandwiches
- Chickpeas, lettuce, low-cal cheese mix, and salsa – to try SalsaChickpea Lettuce Wraps from the Healthy Herbivore blog: http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/salsa-chickpea-lettuce-wraps/
For Christmas, I/we received two very awesome things that will (a) help contribute to my fitness goals, and (b) contribute to this blog!
My little family received a Nintendo Wii System, with Wii Fit Plus, among other things, from my mother. I’m excited to track my weigh tloss with it, though I think it’s a bit extreme in terms of healthy BMI – it automatically puts me at the lowest end of my BMI, telling me I need to weigh 136 pounds. I am 5’9″!!! My actual goal weight is 170 to get into a health weight range – and I most certainly don’t plan to be 135 – I feel liek that would be really pushing it.
From my husband, I received a handheld mini-camcorder, so hopefully, somewhere along the way, I may do some video blogs to share on here! We’ll see!
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and wishing you all much success and happiness in the coming year! Welcome to the new decade!!!