The weather has turned consistently cold around here. Most days are bright and sunny, with highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s. Cold enough that I keep the woodstove going pretty much all day long. I tell myself that its good exercise carrying that wood in ONE PIECE AT A TIME… stupid hands. Not really. I am very happy with how well they are working after having this surgery. The very best, and most unexpected part, is how well I am sleeping. I truly did not realize that all that discomfort I was having with my arms at night was due to the carpal tunnel.
Back to the topic at hand. With the advent of the chilly weather, I have been hankering to try making some chili. I didn’t have all the ingredients for some of the recipes I had bookmarked, so I did a survey of various chili recipes, wrote down all the possible ingredients I could include, and then made up my own recipe. I was very pleased with the results. The interesting thing I noticed was that I reverted to my old way of cooking. No, not my OLD way of cooking–that would have been deep fried chili. But the old way I learned to cook healthy, which is very low fat. So in the end, when I analyzed the recipe, it came out to less than 150 calories per cup. Crazy, huh? I had it over half of a baked potato, with 3 little fresh mozzarella balls (60 calories) crumbled on top (no cheddar cheese in the house.) Again, very satisfactory. And it ended up making 7 servings, so I have 5 servings safe in the freezer for when the chili urge hits again. Oh, and you know what else I did? I was thinking about trying out this recipe for Slumgullion, and I realized that the first ingredients were the same (lean ground beef, onion, garlic, peppers, chicken stock, and tomatoes) so I separated part of it out before I added the chili powder and the cumin, and I saved to to make the slumgullion the next day. That was a favorite comfort food of mine from my childhood. It was immensely satisfying! Got one more serving of that too!
In other news, I set a goal to go to the gym on this past Wednesday, as that would be a week after the surgery, instead of the ridiculous six weeks that I let pass after the first surgery. You know how you don’t go for a bit and you get that gym shyness. Anyway, I went, and I did the exercise bike for 20 minutes, and then went and worked out my legs on the machines for 25 minutes. I was so happy to have done that.
Today I got my stitches out. The doctor said no swimming for three weeks, and then told me some horror stories to make sure I behaved myself. In the meantime, I have to decide if I am really going to swim in the winter, and if I want to invest $75 in a swim jacket. They’re supposed to keep you from getting so cold in the pool, almost like a wet suit.
You know what? I just ran out of energy and have been staring at the computer screen for an indeterminate period of time. So I think I’ll bid you adieu and head off to bed. Habanada!