Sunday, January 31, 2010
I'm going to be gone on vacation - (pictures to come!) and this month is going to be a rather slow one for me here at The Better Baker blog, so I hope you'll enjoy some old posts that will be shared...and certainly - enjoy some chocolate. Who wants to wait for Valentine's Day to roll around? NOT me!
Are you feeling stressed? Simply reading this article will make you happy - doing what it says will make you feel even better! ENJOY!
If you're concerned about blood pressure, it might not be a bad idea to pop an occasional piece of dark chocolate in your mouth! A new study found that small amounts of the candy were as effective at lowering blood pressure as other non-pharmaceutical interventions. While not a substitute for hypertension medications, a small dose of chocolate brought results significant enough to be considered clinically beneficial to overall health - Source: Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter - October 2007
From '365 Reasons to Eat Chocolate'....Chocolate is not a drug, so there are no federal regulations to be afraid of. ENJOY!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
If we are going to gain some new perspectives, in order to lose some 'old' weight, we must have some goals in mind.
Every day that you eat wisely and move more, you're accomplishing something to be proud of. (And when you mess up - forgive yourself and start fresh again tomorrow...it's gonna happen now and then!)
DON'T WAIT TO CELEBRATE!
When you applaud yourself for all you're doing, and have done, it's so much easier to keep doing those things.
I enjoyed celebrating every 5# loss with....a (dark) chocolate candy bar that had been given to me..a new shirt, etc. as it was always good to keep that in mind while I was working hard to lose those few lbs. at a time.
Celebrating is very important, because it helps to inspire you to continue doing what you're doing.
Just keep on keeping on....it came on one lb. at a time, and it isn't going to drop any faster either. I really believe the slower you take it off, the easier it is to keep it off.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
SAY YES! TO DESSERTS!
These cookies are fabulous! I keep mine in the freezer and pop them in my mouth for a tasty and satisfying treat! They don't freeze hard, but tend to last a little longer than if I keep them in view....
Linked to Recipe of the Week
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla non-fat frozen yogurt, softened
2 Tb. chunky (reduced fat) peanut butter
1/2 pkg. (1/4 cup) sugar free (dry) instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup fat free whipped topping
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well and pour into 8" pie pan. Freeze until set. Before serving drizzle 1 Tb. sugar free chocolate syrup over pie. Serves 8
(I like to mix the yogurt and pudding together - stir in the whipped topping, then add the peanut butter in teaspoons and stir, but don't blend. I enjoy having 'ribbons' of peanut butter throughout.)
Try doubling the recipe and put in a 9" X 13" pan. Serves 16
WW points per serving - 2
Monday, January 25, 2010
2 (7.1 ozs) pkgs. boneless, skinless salmon (I would use canned)
2 egg whites
1 Tb. minced onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
dash of black pepper
10 fat free saltine crackers, crushed
1/4 cup water
2 tsp. baking powder
nonstick cooking spray
In large mixing bowl, flake salmon; add egg whites and mix thoroughly. Add onions and spices. Stir in cracker crumbs. Mix baking powder with water. Stir water into salmon mixture, making sure all is thoroughly combined. Heat skillet, coated with nonstick cooking spray, over medium heat. Form six patties using a 1/2 cup measure. Place patties in heated skilled and spray tops of patties with nonstick cooking spray. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until patties are golden brown.
Nutritional info per serving: Calories: 106; fat: 2.5 gr; fiber: .2 gr
-From Halfmysize.com cookbook
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Whatever food plan you've chosen to try to get into shape... here are a few goals you might consider...after cleaning out your pantry and fridge of 'no-no's' and filling them with 'yes yes' fooods...I suggest making changes slowly, so that you won't be so overwhelmed with them.
It doesn't make much sense to set a high goal, only to be defeated and then it's too easy to simply give up!
Drink enough water - suggested atleast 6 - 8 ozs. glasses a day - 3 of those should actually be water - try my favorite...sugar free apple drink - MM! Tastes like real apple juice - grape tastes like fresh also.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Linked to Weekend Potluck
Monday, January 11, 2010
Exercise is an important part of the process of losing weight, but you don't want to push yourself too hard before your body is ready.
We are told that we need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, but did you know that you can break that down into 3 - 10 minute periods, and it's still effective? I LIKE THAT!
I enjoy walking the most - when it's too cold and snowy to walk outside, I enjoy using an in-home walking video (thank you Leslie Sansone!) to get moving inside. It's amazing to me the difference even a little exercise can make in my energy level....not to mention on the scales. Find what works best for you and try to stick to a regular schedule.
One thing I enjoy doing when I am walking, is to pick up the pace...say, speed up my pace for a block, then slow back down, just for some variety. Try skipping as far as you can, just to use different muscles.
Find a friend who will walk/exercise with you. It really helps to have that accountability partner and helps pass the time so you're not thinking so much about having to move.
Even if you chose to walk alone, put on some headphones and listen to music or talk radio. Notice what's around you - nature, homes, etc.
Find out what others are doing to maintain their faithfulness to exercise. Things that work for others could also work for you too.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Even though I'm no longer an actual member of Weight Watchers, I did lose 25# in 2008, and managed to keep it off in 2009. I couldn't seem to drop that last 5#, but I try to live what I've learned while attending meetings. I choose to follow a lowfat plan, but if you simply want to count calories, I hope you'll add some of these recipes to your own collection.
I want to share some of my most favorite WW recipes with you this month - along with tips that help keep me on track. I welcome any comments or ideas too, so please feel free to share.
I have found many wonderful recipes in the 'Halfmysize.com' cookbook that I will share also.
I've learned to eat when I'm hungry, not just because 'it's time' to eat again.
I've also learned to stop eating when I'm comfortably full.
Eating breakfast is very important to get your metabolism going for the day, so don't skip that very important meal.
It's amazing to me how even a little exercise, can make a difference in how I feel. Keep watching for a post focusing on exercise....
Stay tuned for some easy and delicious recipes to help you shape up...starting now!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
1(4-serv. Size)pkg.Fat-free,sugar free butterscotch instant pudding mix
3 large apples,cored and diced
8 oz.Fat free whipped topping,thawed
2 Tb.Chopped peanuts
Mix pineapple and pudding mix together.Fold in apple and whipped topping.Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.Garnish with chopped peanuts. Yield:6 servings--Calories per serving: 185; fat:2 gr. Fiber:3 gr.