Monday, December 11, 2017

T.K.O. Challenge

I've decided to join in on the T.K.O. Challenge, originally hosted by My Stalker is Fat, and now being hosted by Felicia at Journey to a Healthy Me.

We are starting off with a kick start round of losing 5 pounds in 3 weeks. After that each round will last 5 weeks with a goal to lose 10 pounds.

For more details and to sign up, visit Journey to a Healthy Me.

Today is my official start date. And I'll be weighing in on Mondays.

Start weight: 174
Goal weight: 169
Goal date: 1-1-18

My plan for Round 1

M-W-F  walk 20-30 minutes on treadmill.

T-W-S strength training (my physical therapy routine) 30 minutes, Max trainer 1-3 minutes  (hopefully building up to 5 minutes at a time)

This week

For the week of December 11-17, 2017.

Note to self: If I'm going to post every week what's on my schedule,  I should plan more exciting things than housework.

Update: R is home from the hospital and feeling pretty good.  In and out of the hospital and crappy days are just a part of chronic illness.

Did you notice the Santa birthday candle in the photo above? This week starts off with my birthday!  That's probably the most exciting thing all week. We celebrated with a steak dinner last night.

Also from the photo above, you can see that I've taken my bullet journal back to a very basic layout with no color. All the lines and chaos were giving me a headache LOL.

This week I'll be working on my cross stitch and will post an update on Friday.  I also want to really stick to my exercise schedule this week. It's so hard in the winter.

I hope you all have a great week.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Things

For the week of December 4-10, 2017.

This week:
The weather turned cold and I drank more coffee and stayed in my PJs a lot. R wasn't feeling well all week. I'm glad he already had a scheduled appointment to see his doctor today.

I finished my housework list and did a small bit of cross stitching. I've also been working on my goals and plans for 2018. There are several things I'll be adding and working on next year and I'm excited to get started.

This week I baked cookies,  banana nut muffins and made a big pot of homemade chili. We played games on the Xbox, watched The Voice, and a few movies.

I ate too much (according to my daily calories  vs. calories burned). I didn't exercise enough. And I've noticed that my 32 oz of water a day has dropped to an average of 16 oz. I really think December is going to be an off month. I will be happy to just maintain.

January will be back to the grind stone with new goals,  new challenges, and a renewed motivation.

Quote of the week:
"Seize opportunities to change, to grow, improve, move forward.  At the same time, refuse to compromise those fundamental, enabling values on which your life is built." R. Marston

***update: there was complications with the "in and out" surgery and they admitted R to the hospital for more tests and treatment.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Journaling for weight loss

Journal prompt #7

Rewarding yourself for meeting goals is a big part of many weight loss joyrneys. Does planning a reward really work for you? Is it better for a short term goal or long term goal? What rewards do you usually give yourself?  Is it a good idea to reward yourself with food?  Why or why not?  What's your ultimate reward  for when you meet your goal weight?

***Prompts are taken from a Spark People group.  Some may be changed or added to. This series is to help you with the inner battle of weight loss, you do not have to share your answers. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Something for everyone

In 2016, due to acute pancreatitis, my husband became a Type 1 diabetic. The simplified difference in Type 1 and Type 2 is that Type 2 diabetics still make insulin. Their bodies aren't using it properly or they aren't making enough if it to keep glucose levels stable. With Type 1, the pancreas isn't making insulin at all.

Needless to say, it's been a big adjustment for him. Blood sugar is a fickle thing!

It's hard enough during the year to pass up all the treats that are constantly put before us. But the holidays are especially hard. And really, no one should have to go without.

So, I've slowly been building the diabetic desert section of my recipes. Today I made diabetic friendly chocolate chip cookies.

They do still have a little bit of sugar, but not enough to make them forbidden. So if you're cooking for a diabetic,  or just want to cut down on sugar this year, give this one a try.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup  (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/3 cup sucralose-granulated sugar blend
1/3 cup sucralose-brown sugar blend
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups (8 oz pkg) Hershey's sugar free chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nut (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, beat well. Gradually add flour mixture,  beating well. Stir in chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.  Makes about 54 cookies.

The holidays are so much more fun when the treats aren't on the naughty list!

3 Fun facts about Christmas

1. The Grinch stole the box office.

It's hard to decide which holiday classic to watch first - or which one will be most popular with the whole family.  But when it comes to the box office,  the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole  Christmas starring Jim Carrey.

2. Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving song.

James Lord Pierpont, an organist from Savannah, Georgia,  first performed a song he wrote,  "The One Horse Open Sleigh," at his church's Thanksgiving concert. The song was re-published in 1857 and given the title of today.
*Bonus fact: it is also the first song broadcast from space. On December 16, 1965, the Gemini 6 crew serenaded Mission Control after they reported seeing a "red-suited" astronaut.

3. Rudolph was almost named Reginald.

A copywriter named Robert L. May first invented the oddball reindeer in 1939 as a marketing gimmick for Montgomery Ward's holiday coloring books. May considered naming the beloved misfit Reginald and Rollo. And his nose wasn't going to be red. A red nose was viewed as a sign of chronic alcoholism, and Montgomery Ward didn't want him to seem like a drunkard. Good thing they changed it. "Reginald the blue nosed reindeer" doesn't have quite the same ring to it ... or charm.

You can see these and 15 other fun facts about Christmas at Good Housekeeping .com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Walking in November

I walked 43.11 miles on The American Discovery Trail in November. I'm still in West Virginia, just 31.71 miles from the Ohio border.

I've now walked a total of 568.21 miles on this trail.  Only 4479.79 more miles to go!

My goal for December is 62 miles.