Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring has sprung!

Did you ever hear that poem....Spring has sprung
                                                  The grass is 'ris'
                                                  I wonder where the birdies is?

That always makes me smile. I always think there is one day that you just wake up and the earth has "greened." Everything that was asleep in nature suddenly bursts awake. 

My yard has been like that lately. 
 Even the hydrangea on my kitchen counter and the bunch of pussy willow that I bought have burst into bloom.

 It's such a nice time of year and it energizes me to see the earth come alive and beautiful things start to grow.

Our weather has turned nice and it's been in the mid 60's. Last week our temperatures were in the high 80's, and one day reached a record of 86!! Too hot, too soon. I'm glad it's cooled off and I can sleep with my windows open at night.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am still trying to take it easy and struggling to get back to where I was a before the holidays weight wise, and trying to stay off my knee as the Dr. ordered until I'm healed. I'm not at my goal so this weight gain set back is like a double whammy. I am trying to keep to all the BFC guidelines and incorporating a few things that I learned from Kim, like always trying to eat a carb and protein together. Since I try to log in myfitnesspal, I notice that I am not able to eat very many calories at all or I gain, even if I am well within my 15 sugars and 6 carb servings a day. I see my endocrinologist on Wednesday so maybe she will adjust my medications again. I just don't know what to do anymore. I get so confused sometimes. Today I just saw this article on Facebook that was about five reasons not to eat almond flour. I was floored when I read it. I posted it on Maria Emmerich's wall to get her thoughts. Let me know what you think. It makes a lot of sense to me. For right now I am trying to avoid all the treats, even the "healthified" ones until I get myself to a better place weight wise.

Thought for the day: "Pick yourself up, Dust yourself off, and start all over again." Dorothy Fields

Thursday, April 4, 2013's me!!

Trying on a hat in a thrift shop in New York City
I can't believe that I last posted on March 18.  That was one week after my arthroscopy. Since that time I have taken a long weekend trip to New York to visit my son, started physical therapy, eaten out many times, worked out not at all, had Easter dinner with my family and extended family, celebrated two of my sons' birthdays. Throw in a few manicures, a haircut and color, a drs visit, getting tax info to my accountant, work stuff, and a thyroid ultrasound, and I feel like I've been really busy. And I'm still supposed to be taking it easy for a few weeks. I'm a whiner!! 
Dyeing Easter eggs!
Easter Bunny came!
I have been reading all the new blog posts that come up, but sometimes didn't comment because it's hard if I'm using my iphone ( at least for me) to type anything lengthy in the comment section. Yesterday while they were icing my leg at PT, I read Rosalie's blog and typed a long comment. Then my keyboard seemed to freeze and wouldn't type anymore. Anyway, I lost the whole comment. So know that I am still here and keeping up. I have to say, that once some time goes by, you start to get out of the blogging habit. I don't want to lose my "lifeline" of connections, so I'm making any effort, even if  I don't have anything to say, to stay connected.

 I am up a few more pounds and still following the BFC with a few slips ups over the holidays and birthdays. I am logging in myfitnesspal again. Of course it counts calories too, so I am aware of what I'm eating. I swear if I go over 1400, even if my sugars and carbs are in the  BFC limits, I gain. This has been happening since my Dr. just decreased my thryoid medication ( I take two different kinds). My heart was getting alittle "racy" and my blood levels were too low, so she changed my dose. It has been very hard for them to keep me at a stable dose and they are always changing it. During the summer, when my dose was higher, I was losing steadily, but I could tell my heart rate was too fast and I was a little hyper. Not really good to be that way.

A few weekends ago we went to New York city to visit my middle son and celebrate his birthday. New York is such a great city. And while I was glad at the end of three days to get home to my quiet suburban house, the city is just an energetic, bustling place, full of interesting people, sights, and of course great food. My son knows all the great little places to eat that the locals know. One morning we went to this great little ( little meaning really little!) restaurant for brunch called the Northern Spy Food Company Restaurant.
. I had this wonderful baked egg dish. It was two baked eggs served over kale salad with cheddar, sweet potato, almonds and percorino cheese. I wasn't sure if I would like that combination when I ordered it, but it was really delicious. I mean REALLY delicious. Just a small amount of sweet potatoes, and a tasteful amount of cheese. The New York price of $15 might make you gasp, but that's what things run in this city. It prompted me to make my own baked eggs in the oven when I got home. They were so good. Here is the recipe link for baked eggs

A quaint restaurant in New York called Hundred Acres
Pub stop

New York Train Station
My son with his 'vintage" five dollar skies he bought at the thrift shop.

I recently also tried Rosalie's zucchini fritter recipe. They were so, so good. I served them over lettuce and topped with some salsa and sour cream. These were really hard for me to control. I don't think I'll make them again for awhile until I get more self control!

Well that's all for now. Hope all is well with everyone. I also hope spring comes to the northeast soon. It has been very cold and windy here.

Thought for the day:
"Today is a brand new day, make it the best it can be and then go to bed satisfied that you are 1 day closer to your goals! One day at a time friends, that's how this journey is done. Just conquer today. " Jeremy Reid