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28 // Adventures in Cooking, Part 2

 

I’ve continued my foray into healthy cooking tonight. Since my Mom is out playing Bunko, and my Dad is in North Carolina, the house is empty. Tonight seemed a good a night as any to give a new recipe a whirl. My friend Rachel told me about these pumpkin dumplings, so that’s what I set out to make.

The whole recipe calls for canned pumpkin, flour, nutmeg and eggs. Once I made the dumplings, I had to sauté them in some butter and then I sprinkled them with a bit of shredded mozzarella cheese and sautéed spinach. The spinach was an extra tip that Rachel told me about, and I’m glad she did. It really helped the taste.

All in all, I was pleased with how the dumplings came out. I ate half the batch tonight, and am bringing the rest tomorrow for lunch. I found that putting all the ingredients together helped me clear my head. It’s been a bit of a rough day, and I’m glad the kitchen was there for me to just try things and experiment. Even if I got things wrong, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. It would just be delicious.

22 // Cooking

I don’t usually have the urge to cook, but tonight I did. Ever since I’ve been starting to watch what I eat, I finally figured out that I will have total control over what I’m consuming if I actually prepare it myself. I came across the most wonderful blog, Skinny Taste, and I swear it’s my new favorite thing. This blogger is just a regular woman (mom with kids) who was looking to make healthier meals for her family.

Her recipes are all pretty amazing. Some of them feel out of my skill level, but I decided to tackle one of them tonight. I made a Carmelized Onion, Red Pepper and Zucchini Frittata. And oh man, was it good. And HUGE. And low in calories and everything. My mom helped me  primarily with the chopping of vegetables (she deemed my knife-wielding skills to be inferior to hers … she is right) and it was incredibly easy to put together in the end.

All it consisted of was 4 eggs, 4 egg whites, a red bell pepper, an onion, half a zucchini and some salt and pepper. I’m strangely satisfied after eating it, and I am just so excited to know that this kind of blog and this kind of recipe can help me stay on track. I’ve still got quite a few calories left in my day, so I have a treat waiting in the freezer that I plan on devouring while watching Project Runway.

I like the idea of cooking. I’ve been dabbling in it a little within the last year, and I think I’ll keep going thanks to the Skinny Taste blog.

18 // Snow Globes

 

When I was younger, I collected snow globes. I don’t know why I liked them so much. Maybe it was because a whole world was captured, picture perfect, behind glass. In that little bubble, it always snowed just enough and looked lovely every day. The world can be an ugly place. With the changing seasons, you never know if you’re going to be stuck among gray slush and freezing wind. At least in a snow globe, there is consistency in the beauty.

I went for a walk today, under the impression that the weather would stay halfway decent as I went along. When I started out, it looked sunny enough. Me and Bella were chugging along. Then the snow started. Little flakes at first, but for a solid ten minutes it honestly felt like we were stuck in a snow globe. The flakes were huge and fluffy, spinning around us and falling lightly on my jacket and on Bella’s nose. We stopped for a minute because I think we were both a little numb from the cold, and just stood there. For a tiny bit of a time, it felt like we were in that picture-perfect bubble. Consistent beauty. But just as fast as it started, the snow stopped. All I felt was the cold wind and no flakes on my eyelashes.

All I can hope for the next time I’m outside is for someone to wind up the snow globe again, and shake it just enough for the world to look pretty and white.

 

14 // Buying a Scale

You wouldn’t think that buying a scale would make me happy. Most of my life, I’ve avoided knowing how much I weigh. Growing up, I did gymnastics. It’s one of those sports that is really good at highlighting every single one of your flaws. Even then, in middle school and high school, I never quite looked like the rest of my teammates. They were stick thin rails, flipping around with ease and still able to shop in the girls’ section of Old Navy.

I, on the other hand, was always bigger. Not fat, per se. But I was more a power gymnast than anything. Primarily meaning that my specialties were bars and vault, two events that caused my arms and legs to be fairly muscular. Back then, I always had this sinking feeling that I looked awful in my leotard. I had no idea how any of the other girls ate as much as they did but still stayed so skinny.

It’s easy to get down on yourself in a leotard. Since I left high school, my sports activities diminished. After my short stint in marching band in college, I quickly fell into a routine of being more sedentary than not. I’d walk to class and that was about it. When I graduated, I joined a gym in the ridiculous hope that I’d go every day. That didn’t last long.

I have problems with sticking to things. Following through. I’d make excuses for skipping out on gym time like “it’s snowing and I don’t want to get my hair wet” (I swam laps) or “the last thing I want to do when I come home from work is go work out next to a bunch of jocks I graduated high school with.” I don’t get tons of exercise. At work, I sit. That’s it.

Recently, a few friends of mine have been telling me about their efforts to lose weight. Hat tip to Rachel and Sara, specifically. What they were telling me sounded, well, not easy to do. But they inspired me to want to get myself healthier. I’m using a few ideas from both of them. One is using an app that tracks her caloric intake and also helps track some workouts. The other is pirating some Weight Watchers documents. I’m mixing both of their approaches, and I started really monitoring what I’ve been eating starting today.

It amazes me how easy it is to overeat. I honestly hadn’t REALLY realized how much I was doing it until I was writing down points (a la Weight Watchers) and seeing how many calories were in some of the stuff I was consuming (a la the MyFitnessPal app). Today, I turned down treats from Prantl’s Bakery. I only ate one slice of pizza at dinner, and succumbed to buying unsweetened black tea. I went to K-Mart and bought a scale. The first scale I’ve ever owned. We’ve never had one in the house. I’ve never known what my weight really is. With the exception of when I visit a doctor and they give me the number quickly under their breath, I try not to think about it too much. But I’m thinking about it now. Seriously. The number is much, much higher than I’m comfortable with and I know I need to modify my behavior.

I want to start exercising. Nothing ridiculous, but it wouldn’t kill me to go jog and walk the track every once in a while. I’m tempted to get a Wii so I can do some “exercise-centric” games. Even Just Dance 2 (when done full-out with all the dance moves) is a really good workout. I’m not a gym person. I’ve accepted that about myself. But I don’t want to go through my 20’s looking at every picture I’m in and cringing at how my arms look. So I’m starting a few steps to a healthier me. And I will be taking it one day at a time. I don’t have a super-set goal in mind for how much weight I’d like to lose but I have a range. i just want to feel better about myself.