Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The 45lb mark

Will never be mine....seriously, I cannot seem to break that threshold.  I have been stuck at the same weight for is entirely possible that I might lose my mind!

I knowwwwwwwwwwwww, I have to get on a regular exercise program. YUK!  I hate exercise.  I have never been one of those people who were like, yeah I think I'll go to the gym and work out for an hour than run 10 miles and drink wheat grass...ick.

My niece does these UltraBeast competitions where she does these insanely physical things, gets filthy dirty in the mud, muck, and mire...runs like a million miles carrying back packs, argh...she loves it.  And she is in killer shape, oh and she is beautiful, and smart.  All those things I never was or at my age, will be.

But I will, as soon as I feel better, because since jury duty, I have been feeling like I was hit by a soon.  I will hate it and I will do it.  And I will never love it, or even like it, but when I lose these last 11 plus pounds maybe I will be able to just exercise moderately to keep it off.  Gross.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday, love Sunday

Well, I lost the 3/4's of a pound I gained, but nothing beyond that so I guess the week was a wash.

I made the absolute best lasagna for dinner. Two secrets: always have Sunday sauce in the freezer and use no boil lasagna pasta (Barilla makes the best). Beyond that, for a 9 x 13 pan I mix 1lb of whole milk ricotta (whether I make it myself or not) with 6oz of cream cheese, Italian herb blend,about 5 cloves of garlic, chopped, for the cheese mixture. If your a veggie, baked squash works well as a layering item, but I like hot Italian sausage.

Dessert? Pecan pie with, you guessed it, hand-whipped cream.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Same old, same old

So not only does jury duty disturb your psyche, sitting on your ass for an entire two days does nothing for your diet; and it is not looking good for anytime soon.

I have deliberately made a point of eating less, literally just fruit, salad and lean protein in the evening, but there are not a lot of steps between the court room and the jury room. I have gained 3/4's of a pound. I have so little left to lose, I just want this to be done. I am never going to figure out maintaining weight if I cannot get to the goal!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sundays Off, night

I probably should have said the Sunday posts would be in the evenings...after dinner time, but I forgot to.

I also cannot give you any of the recipes because they are not mine! David Venable, host of QVC's in the Kitchen with David ( has published a cookbook full of his favorite southern recipes and family recipes and damn if I am not going to cook all of them over the next several months of Sundays Off. Truth be told, it may further delay the balance of the weight I have to lose...still have 6.5 lbs to the small goal and 11 to the final goal. I used a pound and a half of butter today and bacon fat! I may have to run a marathon on Sundays or snow shoe or something.

Anyway, check out the pics...and yes that is a throwback to the 70's- Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, made in my favorite cast iron skillet. Want non-stick? Get cast iron and keep it well seasoned!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Civic Duty

I have had the opportunity to sit through the jury selection process these last couple of days and have been sworn in. I cannot talk about the case and ultimately the topic is irrelevant to my point.

At first I was very skeptical and apprehensive. No short order asking to evaluate testimony and render a verdict; but, it is so much easier to do that than to do the job of the men and women who have fought and still fight to make sure every American has the right to this process. Not so lucky in many other places.

So the next time you are called to jury duty, instead of figuring out ways to get out of it, embrace the process and be thankful there are people out there defending your right to do it.

By the way, scale has not moved and if jury duty stress cannot drive me to eat, I may have to consider that I have finally found other coping mechanisms!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Busy, busy, busy

Wow...between work, my residency for school, and homework, I have not had time to breath, let alone cook, eat, or blog.

I did manage to hold my own with my weight during the residency...and I'm not gonna lie, one of my fellow students and myself snuck in a couple of pints of of Sam Adams Octoberfest.

I was impressed by the breakfast and lunch options on the buffet at The Desmond in Albany. I had enough fruit to available to me to be able to stick to my new lifestyle. And...they had oatmeal, the real thing and plain with all the "stuff" that morphs a good for you food into poison in the side!

Great greens for lunch, lots of fresh veggies and plain, flaked tuna. Dinners were a little scarier, but I stuck to mixed greens and left all else alone.

I have decided that I cannot keep up the quantity of posts now that I am back in grad school. I will post every Sunday, with recipes and photos and a couple of times through the week as I am able.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Didn't cook yesterday!

I had dinner plans for last night because today is my birthday and my husband knew that it had to be last night or never. Not that he minded. For those of you who do not life in NY or do but don't hunt...bow season opened this morning; and, if that is not enough, it is also the first day of fall turkey season. I am now a widow for the next three months.

Now that is not necessarily a bad thing because that is how I live on venison and wild turkey throughout the year. I have given up on the notion of Thanksgiving...I am off to Long Island this year to spend it with my son. And, I have decided to buy a prelit, slimline, artificial tree this year (house is small and when to get the tree is always a fight).

Best news today is that I am beginning my 47th year healthier and smaller than I have been in 26 years! My scale loved me yesterday; I am now down 43.8 lbs, leaving only 11.2 lbs to go.

I have so much left to still do and everyday lived is one less left to live and I am afraid I already tipped the scales in the opposite direction. Enjoy!