Monday musings

another week has begun. and mines off to a good start.

i slept well last night. it helped that i went to bed early.

I went to therapy this morning. that was good…emily had some time with eileen. she needed it. herself and a couple of young insiders had emailed over the weekend and eileen responded to those emails today.

we talked about the did reassessment. it was a very full session.

now i’m back for another week at the ILS course. we finished off the team work exercise we’ve been working on this afternoon. we all then had to write a review of how we thought it went. i was honest in mine. i said i did not enjoy working as part of a team because i was left to do a lot of the work.

I also went to the bus stop with Nitro. He found it without any problems. He has improved so much since we started working on that route. I didnt even give him food today, and he found it anyway without any treats.

His trainer is coming back next week, on Monday, to do the next part of the route with me. That part involves getting a bus so that will be interesting.

we are having a christmas party here at the centre on thursday. its a christmas meal. it should be fun. i’m looking forward to it.

i’ve started back on my healthy eating kick. i did really well today. i had cerial for breakfast, a toasted sandwich with ham in it for lunch and a bowl of soup, and lemon pepper chicken for dinns with broccoli, cauliflower and potatos. I passed on the really rich desserts and i just had fresh fruit and yogurt instead.

so i’m pretty happy with myself. i worked on goals last week and i decided a goal for me is going to be to lose 4 stone, which amounts to 56 pounds, by the time i finish this course, which will give me about 18 months to lose it.

realistically I think I can do that. It will involve getting exercise every day and one of my tutors has said she’ll come with me for a few weeks while I am just getting started. there is a park right on our doorstep and we will do a couple laps of the park to start, increasing it gradually. we also go to the gym on friday mornings and when I go i will do the bike and the treadmill.

and of course i intend to eat healthily also. i’m determined to do it, i want to do it for myself though, not for anyone else.

ok off to browse net flicks now and see if there is something good that i can watch. the problem is there is too much on there and i cant ever choose haha.

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Recipe-Healthy style quesadillas

Healthy Style Quesadillas

4 fat-free flour tortillas

4 teaspoons prepared honey mustard

1 cup fat-free cheese, shredded

4 slices 98% fat-free ham

Spread each tortilla with 1 teaspoon mustard. Sprinkle with cheese and top with 1 ham slice. Fold tortilla in half. In large nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat, place 1 or 2 filled tortillas. Cook until cheese melts, about 1 minute per side. Serve with salsa, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving:

Calories: 199.0

Total Fat: 1.42g

Saturated Fat: 0.46g

Sodium: 627.4mg

Protein: 26.49g

Carbohydrates: 18.42g

Cholesterol: 13.32mg

Fiber: 0g

Slimming down…getting back on track

so as you all heard me say i am trying to get back on track with my healthy eating and weight loss plan. i started properly today. i did not find it as hard as i thought i would! here is what i ate

breakfast: a bowl of wheetabix and a cup of tea
lunch: a bowl of vegetable soup and a toasted ham and cheese sandwich
dinner:boiled potatos, roast chicken breast, and for veggies, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and peas
dessert: fresh fruit salad with natural yogurt on top
a cup of tea

i’ve been drinking plenty of water today also.

i’m finally back on track!

one of the other residents who lives here goes to slimming world, its kinda like weight watchers but better. at least i think its better.

they use sins instead of a points system, your allowed 15 sins per day. some of their foods are called speed foods, and you can eat as much of those foods as you like, mostly these foods are veg and fruit.

then there are free foods, and you can also eat as much of these as you like, so there are pasta, potatos, eggs, meat, rice, etc. all of these can be eaten a lot.

for bread there is a certain kind they use and your allowed 2 slices per day, then you have to sin things like tomato ketchup, gravy, nuts, chocolate, and other junk food, etc.

if you have a chinese take away your supposed to pick the healthiest option on the menu, so for example chicken in black bean sauce is worth 7 and a half sins. things like that.

i’m seriously thinking of joining there online site, because i could get recipes and i could also keep track of my weight that way.

has anyone else followed the slimming world diet? and if you have did you lose a lot of weight, would you recommend it?

Weight loss. I’m Starting over

so i’ll be starting over with my weight loss. now that i am in the ils course, we go to the gym every week, right now its once a week, but i am hoping to add to that once i learn the route to a nearby gym with nitro. i am also going to exercise every evening in the park near our centre for 15 to 20 minutes, i just need to learn the route first around the park with nitro.
this morning at the gym i set up an exercise plan. i went on the treadmill and the bike. i’m also going to do some weights.
i got the gym instructor to weigh me and do my height. i weigh 102.9 kg, not sure what that is in pounds and stone yet, will have to work it out later today.
up until xmas i am going to opt to try to do 6000 steps a day, i know the recommended amount is 10 thousand, but I am starting off slowly and building myelf up to that.
I plan on going every week to the gym up until xmas, and hopefully build muscle and tone up, and also lose a little bit of weight. I am a category 3 on the obese scale in ireland, that is not good in my book.
Also at weekend i plan on going on the treadmill at home, and exercising as much as I can. I am determined to do this. I am determined to lose weight. I’m really disappointed that I weigh 102 KG. I dont want to weigh that much.
So yeah. I’m happy that I’m now starting to work on the issues surrounding my weight.

Healthy

thats been me lately. i’ve been so healthy. eating right. exercising as much as i can. and i think I’m seeing results. I havent actually been brave enough to step on the scales yet. I’m going to give it a couple of weeks and then do it maybe after a month. today i exercised on the treadmill, and i also walked for 20 minutes outside. i’ll be starting to go to the gym again soon too, now that I’ve started my independent living skills course. gym time is part of our healthy nutrition and lifestyle module. i’m still not seeing my nutritionist. i still want to take a break from that intensity of apts every week for a while longer. i dont keep junk food in the house now any more. i eat a lot more fruit. i snack on it throughout the day. if i do crave chocolate i eat a fun sized candy bar. that kerbs my craving. i have switched my bread to brown instead of white. just little changes. baby steps. its all progress.

Recipe-Cherry tomato salad

Cherry Tomato Salad
1 quart cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Place tomatoes in a shallow bowl. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and sugar; shake well. Pour over tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate.
Note:
For the best flavor, prepare and serve this salad the same day.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Healthy recipe-Red white and green salad

Red, White And Green Salad
1 pound small red potatoes, cooked and cubed
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces and cooked
7 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a large bowl, combine potatoes, tomatoes and beans. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over vegetables; toss to coat. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.