But it was fun, kinda. I finally got some things done around the house that I’ve been wanting to get done for quite a while.
Really wanted to watch my food today. Started out with a piece of fresh pineapple (do you guys eat pineapple–so sweet and so good!), followed up by a big bowl of custard oats. This kept me really full until lunchtime today. Maybe it was because I was busy too. I got some plants in the ground (well, pots,) and some other yard work done and of course a good walk with Noah. Today was a no-stick day. I wanted to make sure Noah remembered the difference between ‘walk nice,’ and ‘stick discovery time.’ He did, and he was particularly happy that mom was feeling like running. We had a great run together, probably a mile of straight running, and another mile of walking. I actually let him look for sticks at the end of the walk, but there were no satisfactory ones to be found. He decided he could play with a few of the leftover sticks in the yard when we got home.
For lunch I had planned to have a big salad, but unfortunately, the lettuce had gone bad. Changed plans and had another bowl of the red lentil and rice dish from Vicky. I love this stuff, and it is very calorie dense. I knew it would hold me for quite a while.
Then I went out and tackled the porch. The porch is actually a back covered deck that I use as a catch all for EVERYTHING. Boy it felt good to get that job done. Then I washed the dishes. There was quite a load waiting for me. While I was washing, I was thinking about what was different. I noticed the time, and it was later than I thought it was. And I realized what was different. In the old days, after doing all that work, I would have been exhausted. Now, I just felt…regular.
I got in the mood to do some cooking. I made some soup that I had been thinking about. Kind of a combination of Vicky’s broth and Dineen’s Roasted Tomato soup. I don’t know if it will keep me from snacking on sweets, but it is very satisfying and filling, and very low calorie–I didn’t use the butter and only a drizzle of olive oil. Veggies I used: tomatoes fresh and canned, parsnips, onion, red bell pepper, and carrots. Threw in some herbs from the garden–thyme, rosemary, and oregano. And some garlic. It made a big pot so I separated it into 3 containers, and froze two.
Next I tried this new recipe. Very low cal, and all sorts of toppings you could put on the little ‘cheesecakes.’ I didn’t have the cute little foil cups that she used, so I just put it in a pan. It comes out of the pan really easily. You can’t beat 40 calories. (The plate actually has two of the pieces on it.) Thanks, Georgie!
And a closer look.
Finally I sat down for a break with a cup of coffee, and a couple of lo-bars. I think Shelley asked what these were. They are another Vicky creation. Only have 65-80 calories per bar. The base is carrot pulp and apple pulp, held together with some ground oats, and they have raisins, dried cherries, chocolate chips and carob chips . Very moist and very yummy. Not too sweet.
Sophie waited on the footrest of the recliner for mom to finish eating so she could have some laptime.
And Monk assumed the usual position.
THEN, it was time to be off again. Took Noah in the new car up to the mailbox and to get some gasoline. He was quite intrigued with all the windows and especially the moon roof. He really looks up a lot on our walks, and is always very interested in any hawks flying around. I always wonder if that is part of his ‘guardian dog’ instinct. We also took a walk along the road, so he will get used to walking when cars are driving by. Oliver was always a little nervous about this.
Hey, did you guys laugh at me when I described the car as a ‘sports utility vehicle?’ My friend really got a big chuckle when she pointed out that I had a SUV because I have always had very negative things to say about SUVs. So when she pointed that out, all of a sudden I realized that SUV was short for ‘sports utility vehicle.’ Oh brother, what an idiot.
Dinner time. First the dogs, and then me. I had another sweet potato creation. Very yummy. Cut a potato into pieces, and coated with a little olive oil, minced garlic, and rosemary. Roasted about 40 minutes. Then I sauted a little onion and chopped mushrooms to top the sweet potato. I really like this flavor combo. Had a piece of pre-cooked chicken from the freezer, and a bowl of the new soup. Most filling and most excellent. And about 300-400 calories for the whole dinner.
Whew! I got a lot done today, and now its back to work tomorrow. I like having the 12 hour shifts separated by a day.
Hey, I want to be sure to give a shout out to my bestest blog buddy Jill, who is going to run her first 5K tomorrow! I am so proud of her! I remember when she said she just wasn’t cut out to be a runner. You go Jill!
And my other good buddy Juice, who is getting a new doggie today. Oh, I can hardly wait to hear about it, Juice. So happy for you.
I’m off to have that cheesecake and strawberries pictured above. You all have a great weekend!