Tuesday, August 30, 2011

saying goodbye to an old friend................

We lost one of the girls from our graduating class a day or so ago. It's hard to believe she's gone. We grew up together-went to school with her from like the 3rd or 4th grade through high school. She just turned 40. She has a 15yr old son. It was very sudden. Just goes to show that you never know how things will go in life. BE HAPPY----FOLLOW YOUR HEART----LIVE YOUR LIFE----We only have one chance. Rest in peace,my friend.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

My bananas were "aging" faster than I could eat them,so I decided to make banana bread. I had found a recipe for banana cupcakes but wasn't really in the mood for that. Maybe I'll make them when I hit the 10pounds lost mark-hopefully soon!

Easy Banana Bread
1/2 cup butter
1c sugar (I used splenda)
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cup flour
1tsp baking soda
3 mashed bananas (I used 5)
1/2 cup nuts (optional-I left out)

cream the butter and sugar-add eggs-mix well-add in the flour and baking soda alternately with the bananas--fold in the nuts--pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake at 350* for 1 hour or until done

Slowly but surely................

I've lost 7pounds. A few weeks ago I decided that I was tired of the way we were eating and that I need to start paying better attention to my health. I've tried to cut as much FAT from my diet-not that I ate alot of fatty things in the first place,but we could all benefit from healthier eating. I added KRILL OIL to my daily supplements. I used to take fish oil,but I got to where I just couldn't stomach it anymore and found KRILL OIL--haven't had any digestion problems. I can't wait for my next set of blood tests to see if it's knocking down my cholesterol numbers. To jumpstart my metabolism and hopefully get things moving along,I started drinking a protein shake--Jillian Michael's Whey Pure Protein shake. I add in a little chocolate soy meal replacement powder and a squirt of an omega/flaxseed blend and will have it as a snack or instead of a whole meal. It's delicious--except the vanilla whey,I'm not too keen on it! If I'm using it as a meal replacement,I'll add in a banana. It's really filling and I'm not starving 20 minutes later. I've also been eating ALOT of salads. My fave is romaine lettuce,poached chicken,sunflower seeds,chopped apple, and raspberry/pomegranate dressing. I usually DON'T like the vinegar/oil based dressings,but I am addicted to this one--especially the MARZETTI brand. DELISH!!! And I don't have to use nearly as much as other dressings to cover the entire salad. I feel different. And my blood sugar numbers are coming down.I really need to up my water intake again-I was doing great with it for a while but have slacked off-not really drinking alot of anything else,but not getting all the water I'm supposed to get each day.I need to dust off the old exercise bike and get busy! It's way too hot for me to be outside at the moment. I am so ready for cooler temps--I'm going to make the hubby and kiddo join me and TinkerBelle in morning and afternoon walks when the weather changes.

The 17 Day Diet also has me excited. I love this book. Although it's written by a doctor,it's easy to understand. It's filled with great meal plans and great recipes. THANKS,KRISTA and SUSAN for mentioning this book! It's a good one!!


Jillian Michaels Pure Protein

Naturade Total Soy Meal Replacement

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tomorrow is another day...............

I need to get out and run a few errands today,but doubt they will get done. It's a MONDAY and I just don't want to do anything today--anything that productive that is! LOL Have a good Monday,Everyone. I will venture out tomorrow. After all,tomorrow is another day.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This heat is horrible!

I am so ready for winter and cooler temps. I hate this time of year-it's just too hot to enjoy being outside. I just can't understand why all of the sports people insist on having such intense practices this time of year. I understand about being committed to the sport and "toughing it out" to be the best,but it's just too dangerous out there to have kids or anyone out in this heat for those intense workouts. We were watching the news last night and several players and coaches have died in the past few days due to the heat. That is totally insane! At least wait till the temps are not in the triple digits or move the practices/exercises indoors.

Monday, August 1, 2011

signed up at the surgery center

NEW UPDATE---I have decided to cancel the upcoming surgery. I just don't feel my ailment is bad enough to warrant surgery at this time. I kinda feel like my dr is looking at it as the only option. I'm going to use the hand splint when I have hurting spells and if I need to search out a new one.

Well I dropped the dr's orders off and filled out all the pre-surgery paperwork this morning. I also found out some good news about an insurance billing question I had.Back last year when I found out that surgery might be in my future,I checked to see how our insurance covered it. They told me as long as I used NETWORK drs,that it would be FULLY covered-as in NO OUT OF POCKET for me. I called them again last week to double check on that and they told me that they place the surgery will be done at isn't in network so I was freaking out about that. Well today after talking with the billing clerk at the center,she told me that things had changed and it was fully covered with my insurance. BIG RELIEF!!! So now...the countdown starts. I hate the thought of surgery. If my hand and fingers weren't numb all the time,believe me,I wouldn't be going through this. I just hope it works for me.

Another countdown is the countdown to AUTUMN. Today is the first day of AUGUST. September 21 can't get here soon enough. I hope we have a crisp fall and cold winter. I am so tired of 100 degree weather.