Friday, May 28, 2010
This was probably one of the most complex things I've ever put together. It took lots of trial and error to get all the elements to fit together perfectly
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Earlier this week I was going through my wallet and found an Applebees gift card for $15. After going online and checking the balance, and discovering that it still had $15 on it hubbs and I decided to go out for dinner. I'd been wanting to try something from their under 550 calorie menu.
I ordered the Asiago Peppercorn Steak. And it was surprisingly good! A smaller portion than most restaurant portions, but that's a good thing, and the average plate should really feed two people. It came with a good sized piece of steak, some delicious potatoes, and some bland steamed veggies. The steak was acutally bigger than I was expecting and was absolutely delicious. It was perfectly rare in side, tender and juicy.
So it's nice to know that if friends want to go out to eat I can suggest Applebees, and order this and not blow everything, plus nobody will really know you've ordered something "diet".
Weigh in Wednesday week2 results: -2 pounds -8 total
I'm a little dissapointed with this week's loss, but I did have a bit of a gain on Monday. Hopefully I'll do a little better for next week
Monday, May 24, 2010
GRANNY SQUARE BRACELETS!
These were pretty tricky. I've never worked with yarn this thin in a single strand. Usually I would double it, but to keep the bracelets from being too big I kept it single. And man was it hard on my fingers!
The hardest part of working with yarn that thin was keeping all of the stitches tight and neat. But I think they came out cute. I have a few more color combinations I'm working on (can't wait to finish the black and red one) and I also want to make a few necklaces too.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
NO COMMERCIALS FOR FOOD WHILE I'M ON A DIET!!!
It seems like every time I sit down to watch tv every commerical is for some amazing looking food LOL.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
One of my favorite parts of this bracelet is the little floral connector in the chain.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Well ok, it hasn't been that hot yet, and I used frozen strawberries. But the results are still delicious.
Frozen Strawberry Lime Bars
You will need:
~two packages of frozen strawberries
~one tablespoon of sugar
~one fresh lime
Empty the bags of the frozen strawberries into a large bowl. Toss them with the sugar. As the strawberries thaw, the sugar will make them release lots of juice. Set aside a few berries, about 5 or 6 (more if you want more chunks, less if you want less)
Pour the rest of the thawed strawberries and all the juice, as well as the juice and zest of one lime into a blender and blend it until smooth. Give the berries you set aside a rough chop and add them to the pure, stir them in with a spoon.
I didn't have any Popsicle molds so I used little 5oz cups and some pretty sparkly plastic drink stirrers that I found on clearance. Pour the mixture into your mold of choice and freeze until hard. If you're using cups, cover them in plastic or foil to prevent any freezer smell from getting in. Once they're partially frozen, insert the stick into the center
To unmold if you're using Popsicle molds dip them in hot water for a few seconds. If you're using a paper cup just rip the cup off the pop
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Today shrimp happened to be on sale at my grocery store, so I bought myself a pound (hubbs doesn't like shrimp so they're all for me!) and I put half in the freezer for another day. I've never peeled or deveinged shrimp before and let me tell you, next time I'll seriously consider getting the more expensive pre peeled and deveined ones.
I think shrimp are one of those foods that shouldn't have much done to them, they should be cooked simply. My favorite way is just to saute them in a little butter and garlic. And to go with it, I made another favorite, lightly wilted spinach. To cook that after the shrimp were done I picked them out of the pan and left all the drippings. I added a touch more butter and some more garlic. Once the garlic was cooked I turned off the pan and added the spinach. The leftover heat in the pan was enough to cook the spinach perfectly. Not raw, but not completely wilted mush either.
I could eat this every day!
Friday, May 14, 2010
My favorite stone, amethyst. Goes nice with the pearls I think. Making these earrings has made me want to try my hand at some actual filigree work. With a torch and everything.
These I've been thinking about for a while. I've been wanting to incorporate the swirly silver bits with some of the flower beads. It took me a while to actually figure out how to get them together. I tried a couple of other designs but the flowers just didn't want to cooperate.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
To start out, you have to enter your beginning weight. This was the worst part for me. You also enter your age, height, gender, goal weight, and how many pounds you want to loose each week. It only lets you choose up to two pounds a week. Anything more than that is considered dangerous and unhealthy. Then it calculates for you how many calories you should eat in a day. It also gives you an estimated time frame in which you will loose the weight.
Then all you have to do is just enter everything you eat and try to stay under the budget it gives you. What's great about the app is that it has a HUGE database of food, fresh foods, store bought foods, and even restaurant foods. The foods you eat are subtracted from your daily budget. You can enter physical activity as well, which will subtract calories from what you've eaten. If what you need to enter is not in the database it's a snap to add it.
The app also works with a website. You can export your data to it and print it out. There's also a great community. A forum lets you chat with other people and keeps you motivated
I've been using this app for a little while and I definatly see a difference. Entering everything I eat makes me stop and think about it first. Do I really want that extra serving? Do I want to see my daily intake go into the red? Plus the feeling of seeing the chart go DOWN is great! If you stick to the budget it gives you, you'll lose weight. So I think this app is definately worth getting!
and of course, the app is FREE
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I've found a lot of great new (to me) shops through this feature! Well I guess that could be a bad thing since it makes me want to spend a lot of money LOL
I'm going to also be trying to update regularly about my weightloss progress. -2 pounds this week
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I love how from far away the center looks like a little rose