31 May 2005

Oh dear, my husband has discovered blogging!

I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing, but my husband was reading a blog with me last night (for the first time) and discovered that there are "running" blogs. He is a fanatical runner and spent most of the evening reading runner's blogs from all over the world. He really enjoyed comparing his stats with others and says maybe he will start his own blog! As I am now "hooked", we may be competing for the computer!

I cooked him a lovely Vegie Pastie for lunch. When he came home he said "Great you bought me a pastie". When he found out it was a "healthy" home-made one he grunted in disgust. He duly ate it and smiled crookedly and admitted that he loved it and I could make it again any time for him! He is quite fit as he runs many km's each week, but he does love his butter and fatty foods. He is gradually starting to eat the same things that I do though and he is quite pleased that he has lost a few kilos and the food is still tasty! (He hasn't graduated to fruit or nuts or grains yet but has lots more vegies than before).

30 May 2005

Not missing potatoes

Still on track and maintaining my weight. I have had a cold, but I am sure I haven't been as sick with it as I have in the past. Maybe it is the daily lemon juice I squeeze in my drinking water?!

I keep saying to my husband that I haven't really made that many changes to my eating habits, but he reminds me that I used to eat mountains of mashed potatoes (nearly every night) and now I have 1/2 a potato or a small piece of sweet potato and I fill my plate with no point vegies. I used to have butter on my toast and melt butter on my vegies and now I don't eat butter or margarine. (Only when used in recipes). I used to eat two or three slices of white toast for breakfast and never ate cereal and now I have one (or two if I'm really hungry) slices of grainy toast and Allbran with sultanas or a no fat yoghurt for breakfast. I always delighted in eating the fat on grilled pork chops and said I would never be able to give that up and now I cut all the visible fat off any meat I cook. If I am out and I eat something slightly fatty it seems to make a coating on my mouth and I really notice it. The strangest thing is that I don't miss any of those things. I really look forward to a nutritious, delicious meal and feel so much better after eating. I am sure I will be like this forever!

29 May 2005

My weight loss ticker

Isn't it fun when you can't sleep and you can't do housework or anything noisy in the middle of the night because you may wake up sleeping husbands or family and you can tinker on the computer without feeling that you should be doing something else!!!!!!

27 May 2005

Cauliflower and Cheese pies

I love these Cauliflower and Cheese Pies. I used to have one at the Bakery with a coffee when I went with hubby, but now I make my own lower fat versions. (Makes 4 pies) Just as nice, but I have to eat them at home.

Boil approx 1/2 a cauliflower in pieces till cooked (do not over-cook). Spray muffin tins with olive oil spray. Thaw out a sheet of low fat puff pastry. Each sheet makes 4 pies. May have to be rolled a bit thinner. Cut circles slightly larger than muffin tins and place in tins. Mix up a packet of Continental Four Cheeses Sauce Mix (where would I be without my Continental sauces?) as per directions on packet. If you like curry, add a little curry to the cheese sauce. (I also add black pepper) Pour cheese sauce over drained cauliflower. Place cauliflower mix in each of the pie bases. Fill them till they have a rounded top. Top with 1/2 tablespoon grated parmesan. Bake in 200 degree oven till pastry is cooked. Serve with a leafy salad.

Each pie is approximately 4 points (makes 4 muffin size pies)

26 May 2005

Warm at last

Our new electric heaters are installed at last. Just as well, cause it is freeeeeezing here today. It took them two days instead of one because we have an old house and everything they went to do they encountered problems. All the wiring had to be checked and we had to have a new Mains switch. Three of our lights didn't have earth wires, the oil heater was cemented in and didn't want to come out. Consequently they were here much longer than expected. Very nice guys though and very neat and clean. They took their shoes off every time they came inside! But all is well now and it is warm and cosy.
I didn't jog on my tramp today as I walked briskly to the shops, pushing my little grand-daughter (2) in her pusher. Great exercise! We couldn't go past Wendy's though and I had a chocollo in a baby cone (yum) and she had great fun with a soft serve. Lots of drips, but lots of smiles too!

Love my Slow Cooker - Beef Hot Pot

I bought a slow cooker a couple of weeks ago and it is wonderful for winter meals. Today I am making a Beef Hot Pot (4 points per serve - serves 4)

500 grams beef (cubed) - heart smart
2 diced parsnips
2 diced carrots
piece of pumpkin diced
small piece of capsicum - diced
1 sachet (50g) Fountain tomato paste
dash of tomato sauce
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion - diced (or dash of onion flakes)
2 pkts continental roast meat gravy mix


Preheat slow cooker. Make up gravy mix with boiling water. Place vegies and beef in slow cooker and pour over gravy mix. (add a little more water if food is not covered) Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours or high for 5 hours.

Serve with rice or potato (points not included above) or make these delicious dumplings and pop on top of the beef mixture 40 minutes before ready to serve.

Dumplings (1 &1/2 points each)

1 cup self raising flour
salt to taste
pepper
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons reduced fat margarine
4 tablespoons cold water

Mix flour, salt, pepper and parsley and rub in margarine. Add water and mix to a soft dough (consistency of scones). Roll into 8 small balls and drop on top of casserole. Cook on high for last 40 minutes.

24 May 2005

Muesli Slice Recipe

Well I am still maintaining the same weight (even after a few Birthday celebrations). If I over indulge one day I try to exercise more and cut down on eating slightly the next day, but I am certainly still eating well and often.


I made a nice Muesli Slice. Not a very sweet one, but I don't like things too sweet. This is nice to have on hand if I feel like a snack with a cuppa. Doesn't look very elegant but tastes nice.


3 cups Muesli (I used Lowan Fruit and Nut Natural Muesli)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup orange juice (no added sugar)


Place honey and orange juice in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture is syrupy.
Stir syrup into Muesli and mix well.
Press mixture into slice tray lined with baking paper
Bake in moderate oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Mark out 15 squares lightly.

Allow to cool and cut into 15 small squares (approx 1.5 points per square)

23 May 2005

I just love my mini tramp

My mini tramp Posted by Hello
I just love my mini tramp. Bought it for a song at Kmart when I started to lose weight and I am sure it has played a big part in my health improvement. In this month's "Slimming" magazine it comes in at number "6" in the 50 ways to get slimmer.
"6 Bounce! Trampolining is 'the most efficient exercise devised by man', says NASA. Buy a mini-trampoline and jump for 20 minutes a day in front of the TV to burn 420kJ, tone your muscles and strengthen your bones". (I jog quite quickly for 30 minutes while exercising my arms at the same time with mini weights).

22 May 2005

Me on my 49th Birthday (1.5kgs under goal weight) Posted by Hello

Sites I find helpful to visit

I can't work out how to change the links on my blog so I will just list some of my favourites here:

www.weightwatchers.com.au The weight watchers forum is great. I have found many helpful hints, recipes and ideas from the members. There is always someone ready to write a helpful word.

www.dietclub.com.au Great for checking out the kilojoules and fats in foods and wonderful low fat recipes.

www.symplytoogood.com.au I have all Annette Syms books. They are great. Even if I don't follow the recipes exactly they give me great ideas for meals.

www.nestle.com.au/carnation/ Great recipes

www.health.discovery.com I enjoy watching Discovery Health programs.

http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm Calculate BMI

21 May 2005

Made a nice vegie lasagne

Just made a lovely Vegetable Lasagne. It is only about 4 points per serve - makes 4 servings
Bunch of silver beet (chopped)
1 carrot grated
1 small zucchini grated
1 Jar Raguletto Classic Tomato Pasta Sauce
1 tin diced or crushed tomatoes
6 small button mushrooms sliced (optional)
1 pkt Continental 4 cheeses sauce mix (mixed with water as per instructions on pkt)
dash of onion flakes (or a small onion chopped)
6 or 7 instant curly lasagne sheets
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Cook silver beet, carrot and zuchinni and onion in water for 10 minutes. Drain water from these vegies. Mix Pasta sauce and tomatoes with vegies.
Place a layer of lasagne sheets in lasagne dish. Next pour on a layer of tomato vegie mix, next a layer of thinly sliced mushrooms (optional), then pour on half the cheese sauce mix
Place on another layer of lasagne sheets, pour on more tomato vegie mix , another layer of lasagne sheets, the remaining tomato vegie mix and remaining cheese sauce mix.
Sprinkle on parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for approx. 40 to 45mins in a 180 degrees (moderate oven).
Delicious served alone or with a leafy salad.

20 May 2005

Mitsie


MItsie Posted by Hello

My tips for losing weight

Just a few tips on how I lost weight. I didn't have a week where I gained weight over the last six months, so I must have done something right!

1. I drink 1 1/2 to 2 litres of water each day (I squeeze a lemon into my jug of water each morning and make sure I finish the whole jug througout the day).

2. I eat a good healthy breakfast.

3. I eat little and often during the day but keep a record of what I eat so I don't overeat during one day.

4. I cut out butter. I don't even notice it on sandwiches and rolls if I have plenty of filling.

5. I check the kilojoules and saturated fat content on everything I eat. I cut right down on saturated fat.

6. I eat lots of fruit (even dried) and vegies.

7. I cut down on red meat. I substitute more vegies in casseroles and hamburgers and cut down on the meat content.

8. I eat fish two or three times a week.

9. I eat some nuts and multi-grain bread daily (I have cut out white bread from my diet).

10. I exercise for 20 minutes to half and hour on most days.

11. If I overeat one day, I don't worry I just exercise more and be careful what I eat for the next few days.

12. I still enjoy a glass or two of wine or spirits if I feel like it (most nights).

13. I haven't completely cut out foods or treats that I love cause it will only make cravings worse.

14. I eat air popped popcorn with a spray of olive oil and chicken seasoning sprinkled on instead of chips at night.

Just found this photo of me before losing weight


Me before losing weight Posted by Hello

19 May 2005

Shopping for size 10!

Hi everyone. Things are going well and I am maintaining my weight without any problem. Last night we decided to be naughty and have a takeaway tea. I ordered a steak sandwich and it was so small that the people should have been embarrassed to sell it. When I arrived home with it I put lots of spinach leaves in it to try and make it a bit more filling. I was still starving when I finished and I ate some chips. They were OK. Not too fatty, but as I haven't had them for ages I thought I would really enjoy them. Instead I kept thinking of all the nice, healthy things I could have had for tea and I would have been much more satisifed.
I realised my healthy eating has really become a true way of life and I don't enjoy fatty, fattening foods any more.
Went shopping today. I am trying to build up my wardrobe again as I literally have had to give away most of my clothes due to the fact that they were either hanging like old bags or falling off me!
Size 10 shopping is great fun. I keep choosing larger things and having to go back and get size 10!
Not jogging on the tramp today cause I had lots of exercise walking around the shops all morning!
I even took a banana and some water with me so I wouldn't be tempted.
Met some girls for lunch from my last workplace. It was lovely to catch up with them. I am not working at the moment. I decided to have a year or so off to get healthy and so far it is working out well. Maybe I won't work again!?
We have a five month old kitten who is starting to get very adventurous and came toddling along from down the street when I arrived home. She was OK though and was glad to be fed and brought inside as it starts to get quite cool after 2pm here at this time of the year.
We are getting new heating next week. I can't wait. We have an oil heater at the moment and it is too expensive to run. We are going electric. Should be warmer and easier.
Made some yummy minestrone soup for tea.

18 May 2005

Hi everyone. Just creating this blog to tell the story of my weight loss.
Last year I became quite sick and I realised that I needed to try and change my lifestyle and eating habits and lose some weight.
I was 80kgs and wore size 14-16 clothes. I decided to go on a 7 day de-tox diet. This consisted mainly of soup and vegetables. I stuck to the diet and lost 4kgs in the 7 days.
I was so pleased with my progress that I decided to keep trying to lose weight. I started on the WW points system and cut down on saturated fats, ate lots of fruit and vegies and drank lots of water. I also bought a mini trampoline and started jogging on it each day. As I hadn't exercised for years I started slowly, only jogging 10 minutes and day and gradually built up to 30 minutes on most days. It is great knowing that I can do this at home, while watching TV or listening to music and I don't have to pay for a gym membership!
I slowly, but surely began to lose weight and now (after six months) I am 63.5kgs and size 10! This is the smallest (and healthiest) I have been for years and I am very pleased with myself.
I eat much more food each day than I used to and make sure I eat something every couple of hours.
My cholesterol had dropped from 6.2 to 4.2 and my blood pressure and blood sugar levels are normal for the first time in years.
I want to continue with this healthy change for the rest of my life!