Today I am joining Five on Friday
First off, on Monday, I decided - finally - to start
a reducing diet.
Since losing my beloved dog, Champ,
I have not been as active as I used to be.
Every morning we would take long,
brisk walks together - Champ, Whitey Bear,
But living on the edge of the wilderness
without my protector and guardian,
I have been sticking close to home.
So......both Whitey Bear and I have
gained a few......:)
I am now on a reducing diet (as is Whitey Bear)
of 1200 calories a day.
To make this less painful, I have decided to
make each meal special.
Breakfast and lunch are approx. 300 calories.
Here I have a breakfast of 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese,
topped with 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks,
and two whole wheat crackers.
My sweet Ramblin' Man came home from
his business trip with a bouquet of roses
that I am enjoying here.
I am also enjoying an issue of Jeanne d' Arc Living
magazine. You can only get this magazine at
certain shops. I am lucky that there is one close by.
This magazine is sooooo lovely!
This issue is called 'Lovely Summer Outdoors'
I bought it last year.
For lunch I enjoyed a tuna salad wrap....
3 oz of water packed tuna
1 tsp light mayo
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup celery
1 whole grain tortilla
1 handful greens
lots of tomatoes :)
I think my tortilla was on the small side....:)
I ate a bit of it and then wrapped the rest up.
It was surprisingly filling.
You can see my constant companion, Whitey Bear
acting very nonchalant....
He is hoping I might drop something.
This song by Sting comes to mind...
'Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every step you take
I'll be watching you.
I need to add, 'Every bite you take'!
The new issue of Country Living magazine
was my reward.
Over the years I have saved diet plans and recipes
for weight loss and kept them in a large envelope.
I decided to create a notebook of my favorites to make it easy
to stick to my diet. I used plastic sheet protectors
to insert meal plans and recipes and now my diet 'plan'
is right at my fingertips.
I categorized them into breakfast, lunch and dinner,
all between 300 and 400 calories,
with ideas for 50-100 calorie snacks during the day.
, I just have to open my notebook to plan
my grocery shopping and meals.
This keeps me on track.
It is not easy to diet with a husband or family,
so I have found recipes for dinner that will work
to satisfy Ramblin' Man by giving him larger portions.
A typical dinner looks like this:
3 oz chicken breast
topped with 1 tbsp nonfat yogurt, lemon juice
3/4 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup steamed veggies with a tsp of butter.
For dessert and I can have fruit with yogurt
or sliced apples with a bit of peanut butter.
This morning I had a whole wheat English muffin
topped with peanut butter and sliced bananas.
Next week I will start an exercise routine
with a favorite CD.
I want to lose at least 20 lbs.
I have lost 2 already!
It is a warm morning and I am out on my deck
without a sweater!
It is very quiet except for the occasional jet,
a distant lawnmower, and barking dogs
on the next mountain, that gets Whitey Bear
off his feet every few minutes to start
a ruckus with Peanut and Weenie Baby!
The hummingbirds are flying back and forth
to the feeders and chasing each other around
while chittering their territorial calls.
Every once in a while a little breeze will get the
wind chimes tinkling and send the scent of
pansies my way.
I threw a whole bowl of nuts in their shells
off the deck and into the woods the other day
and I can hear a Stella Jay trying to crack one open
(which gets the dogs to barking once more).
A crow is calling in the distance.
The tiniest iridescent blue winged insect is walking around
on my computer screen right now.
He could fit on the head of a pin.
Life is amazing!
I could sit here all day....
But duty calls and I have a busy day.
This weekend we are attending a company dinner
at a waterfront restaurant.
I hope to take photos of the setting sun on the water
So this is my 'Five on Friday'
Thank you for joining me today, Dear Friends.
I will drop by to visit you later when I am done with my chores.
Won't you join - Five on Friday ?