|Knockout roses are a favorite. They bloom all summer and require no care.|
Good morning lovely people! Sorry I have been AWOL. I didn't realize how much time had gone by. Now that we are back to weekends at the shore, this supposedly relaxing time of the year does get more hectic for me. I must make it a priority to keep in touch.
We had a lovely Memorial Day with the family and although the weather was cool and rainy some of the days, it was great to all be together under one roof. We played some games, watched some movies, watched home videos of our trip to Italy and some of other trips through the years, rode bikes and just enjoyed being together.
After everyone left early Tuesday morning, I decided to stay the rest of the week and get a few things done, grocery shop for the coming week, catch up on the laundry and get ready for the weekend to come. I like being by myself although I had the two dogs to keep me company. I ate simply, watched the TV shows I wanted to catch up on, organized some closets, caught up on reading and slept as much as I wanted. Very relaxing and refreshing.
I decided after reading a post by Gourmet Girl, that I really needed to do something to jump start my focus and weight loss. I have been very good about watching my sugar counts, but since the Belly Fat Cure does allow whole grain carbohydrates, I find that I really eat too many of them, all the while staying within my 6 carb servings for the day.
If you are new to following the Belly Fat Cure, any item with a carb count of 0-20 gms counts as 1 carb serving. If you eat something with a carb count of 30 gms for example, that is two carb servings. I love carbs and that is the biggest problem for me. I like my two slices of flax seed toast for breakfast, two slices with my sandwich at lunch and then some carbs with dinner. The Alvarado Street flax seed bread that I use only has 18 gms of carbs in 2 slices. You can see how I can have four slices and easily stay within my carb limits for the day.
Gourmet Girl who has a great recipe blog, mentioned that she has been grain and wheat free since last July and has lost over 60 lbs. It just sparked an interest in me and I decided as my personal experiment to see how long I could go wheat free. Not grain free, as I need to do things in baby steps, but just wheat free.
I found that after doing this for over 2 weeks, it is very hard to avoid wheat. But if you do, you will substantially cut out a lot of calories. Wheat is in everything and is a part of so many meals. So I have been trying this as my own personal experiment. it's to help me rein in the carb train that I have been riding on. I have trouble with moderation. It's easier for me to say ' I just can't have that', then to try and have just a little. I want to see if this helps make a difference and jump starts me again back into a losing pattern.
|The Chives at the end of their bloom.|
|The basil is growing strong as is the cilantro!|
Thought for the day: If you keep doing what you always did, you'll keep getting what you always got!