Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cleaning up!

Hello all! Wow, I didn't realize it has been so long since my last post. I'm sorry for the long lapse. We've had a hard time here on the east coast. Thankfully our shore house didn't sustain much damage. Further north along the coast, there are still people in shelters. Some have lost their homes and everything in them. We see alot more coverage of it here on the nightly news. My son who lives in Manhattan was without power for over a week. In New York, half of Manhattan was without power. It was crippling, as the stores, shops, subway, and trains could not run.

I have some photos below, and I am thankful, except for the refridgerator in our garage, and some other garage items, we didn't lose much. At our home in PA we lost several large trees, but again, thankfully, nothing more. Some of my family in PA were without power for almost a week. We only lost it for a few hours, so I became the house to shower at and come to for a hot meal.
The water line on our shore house garage door. We had about 9 - 12 inches of water.

At our house in PA, some trees feel on our cars, but luckily no damage.

Lots of cleanup and debris everywhere at the shore.

The beach entrance at the end of our block.

The beach lost alot of sand, and there are piles all over the streets.

This is not our house, but a nearby house that has one floor. Those one story homes got alot of water on the first floor. Our house is three stories and a garage, so we only had water in the garage.

Lots of trucks to move the sand off the streets and back to the beach.

I feel very lucky that we didn't have any real damage. Please continue to pray for all of those in shelters and without homes further north. It is really bad there.

I have been reading all the blogs. I'm jumping on the bandwagon with Beth, who confessed to being up 6 lbs. Well, my friends, here's my confession.  I was up 12 lbs at a recent weigh in. I don't even know how it happened. Well, yes I do. I started getting sloppy in my eating. I wasn't watching the carbs or counting them. I ate too much pasta in Italy, as well as indulging in some gelato a few times while I was there. I also found myself with some more time on my hands with the hurricane sitution and everything closing down for a few days, so I started baking. I always wanted to try some of the great things that you all make. Those sinful cinnamon cakes, and chocolate chip cookies, and breads were delicious, and low carb and low sugar. The problem was, I just couldn't portion control them. They were too much of a good thing for me.  They were so good.

So I may have shocked you, and I shocked myself, because I swore that I would never let any gain get too out of control. I have managed to get off 3 lbs in the past two weeks, and I'm going right back to the basics again to get the rest off. This is a set back in reaching my goal, but it is what it is. No sense beating yourself up about the past. All you have is today and the future and I'm going to make that count.

I also decided to give up snacking until I get back to where I was.  Even those BFC approved healthy snacks started adding up. I don't count calories but I am really trying to log my daily eating on my fitness pal. They show the calories, and I do think for me personally, I can't eat as much as I want, even if I stay within the 15 sugar/3 carb per day rule. I just can't do that. I am tricky and I can still figure out a way to get around those numbers and eat too much.

Speaking of calories, have you seen Jorge's facebook page recently? This is what he says:

"I have a new free diet I can send you in 2 weeks. It's based on counting carb calories and not sugar grams or carb servings. Click "like" if you would like this NEW calorie diet?"

I just can't figure this guy out. Now he is going to promote counting carb calories? I think he will lose credibility if he keeps changing what he believes in. I think his original BFC plan was a good one. I do try to limit my wheat, but I really keep that 15 sugars, 6 carb serving rule in the back of my head as my guiding compass for eating. I think counting sugars and carbs are the key to managing your weight in the long run.

Speaking of that, I want to leave you with one of my new favorite recipes....Cauliflower rice. I know many of you have been making it for awhile, but I saw a few recipes where it is made on the stove. My recipe is a combination of a few I saw, and sorry, but I don't remember what blogs I saw them on, but this is my adaptation of those.

Cauliflower Rice

1 large head cauliflower cut into small florets
1 onion diced
2 or more stalks of celery diced
3-4 cups of baby chopped spinach
2-4 TBS of Olive oil
1-2 TBS of butter
Seasoning ( I used Lawry's and garlic powder)
salt and pepper

Melt butter and olive oil in large skillet. Add the celery and onion and saute until they are soft. Add spinach and stir until wilted.
Working in batches, add cauliflower to food processor and pulse until consistency of rice.
Add cauliflower to skillet and stir with onions an celery.
Stir for abot 10-15 minutes, adding more butter, oil or even water ( your choice) to prevent from sticking.

You can also top with some parmesan cheese if you like. Another suggestion is to add some chopped up rotisserie chicken, some parm cheese and crushed red pepper flakes for a "bowl" meal.

This morning,  I heated some up in a bowl, topped with 2 Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage patties and 2 poached eggs. Sort of like corned beef hash, without the beef or potatoes
Cauliflower Rice


Lastly, I have to share a little glimpse of the start of my Christmas decorating. I'm one of those that start right after Halloween. It takes me a few weeks to get my house and all my trees decorated. We get our trees the day after Thanksgiving and put them up. So I like to be all decorated by then.

My "snowman" kitchen window.

Hugs and love coming to all of you, from me!
Thought for the day:
Thoughts are energy. You can make your world or break your world by your thinking.   
Susan L. Taylor


  1. Pattie - The 'Sandy' news has definitely slowed down on the news in the Midwest but occasionally I will see something on a major network and am reminded of the aftermath. I just can't imagine how hard it is on the folks that have no where to go and have lost belongings. Are those piles of sand from the storm and not 'man made'?

    On a brighter note, I love snowpeople! Your window looks lovely!

  2. I love your snowman window! I have also gotten out my Christmas stuff. We like to get it out when it snows the first time, which was last week. I have my tree up and everything! :) I think that the no snacks is the way to go. If you need a snack, it's because the meal wasn't big enough. I've also noticed (I know you don't want to hear, I've also ignored it for the last year) that my weight is coming back off on the days I'm substituting my wine for tea. So I'm limiting myself to (mostly) the weekend. Some days I cheat, but I've noticed a difference. *sigh* I will of course keep you updated.

  3. Wow those pictures are really something. I am glad you are OK thru all that. I'm sure if you just stick wit it that extra weight will just keep coming right back off.
    And that is one CUTE sink. :-)

  4. Thanks for posting the rice recipe.. Can't wait to try it. I was thrown off by Jorge's new diet too. Why doesn't he just market the original more? I've turned on quite a few people to it, but now it's just getting confusing. It even helped a friend of mine lose weight so she could get pregnant. She struggled wi getting pregnant for a year, she was afraid her weight was the culprit. Explained the bfc, gave her my book, she lost 25lbs pretty quickly and got pregnant! She plans on resuming after baby is born. This diet really works, your 12 will come off in no time I'm sure.

    1. LA, your friend should watch this interview with fertility specialist Dr. Fox. It will shed light on whey changing her diet probably helped

  5. Well, I can certainly feel your pain in regards to the weight gain. It takes so long to get off and only a moment to get back on - why can't that be reversed?! I was also making too many of the baked snack foods and think I didn't control them well enough. Those protein bites really did me in I think, they are so good and I was eating them all the time.
    I'm glad you posted the rice recipe. I'm loving the cauliflower puree, but have not tried the rice yet. I have a shrimp with a garlic cream sauce that would probably go perfectly with the rice. Your mind set to get those 12 pounds back off is good and that really is half the battle!

  6. I love your window and I hope you share your home again this year! I love to see the different ways that people decorate.
    That is so great about your shore house and your own home. I can't believe the pictures that I see. I also can't believe how many people are still devastated by the storm and it seems we are to believe that we have such great programs set up that they are all taken care of! Bad Kay...politics!
    I eat regular Jimmy Dean sausage patties about 4 times a week. I love them. There are some great sales on them right now, so I am stocking up.
    I still don't eat any veggies but potatoes and spinach. I am lucky as heck that I can get away with it!
    Please keep blogging...I love your insights and wisdom:)

  7. Oh, I also saw a post on pinterest about a 4 minute egg. I have been poaching my eggs, but it always is so messy and I never quite get it right. I just boiled an egg for 4 minutes, cooled it so I could peel it, and it was the perfect runny and so pretty! I'm sure you can find it easy.

  8. Oh my gosh Pattie! I'm so glad you posted the photos of the clean up. That is so unbelievable!! So glad you are okay.

    Love the precooked sausage patties too, we have them all the time. I also don't get the deal with the new program. He posted something about calories on twitter and I was like "whaaaat?" :) Sometimes I think he was told S/C counting was too complicated (which it is at first) and so he gave up on it quickly and has been trying to find another way to do the same thing. But I dont know!