Easy Spanish tortilla and life on the farm

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IMG_20141123_131938IMG_20141123_131655First I’m going to show you where I live and then we’ll get to the tortilla.

This is our little cabin in the country and some of the scenary and animals.

My husband and our cat big tiger and our snouzer we affectionately call little guy and our mamma cat I call loveables.

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She had kittens in July and we gave them all away except big tiger.

She had kittens in July and we gave them all away except big tiger.

A few more pics around the house..

Our workout equipment.

Our workout equipment.

Kelly already tilled up our garden spot for the spring.

Kelly already tilled up our garden spot for the spring.

Little guy

Little guy

More pics around the house….

Big tiger stretched out on the sofa.  He is already bigger than his mamma and he's only four months!

Big tiger stretched out on the sofa. He is already bigger than his mamma and he’s only four months!

Here's my little fiber nook where I do all my reading, knitting, crochet, dreaming.

Here’s my little fiber nook where I do all my reading, knitting, crochet, dreaming.

I’m a bit unorganized and messy. I probably clean out my corner once or twice a week but it always messes back up the next day…like it has a mind of its own.lol

And here is me, the new found health guru and fiber fanatic….

Me , the not so quiet quietwoman

Me , the not so quiet quietwoman

Well, this is enough for now. I’m about to run out of juice on my notebook so I will continue with the tortilla next post. Have a blast today!!!

Just an update-exercise *does* make a difference.

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I thought I would post an update on my progress. This will be a short post just to get caught up. I took yesterday and the day before and worked on my rugs. I ran into some photo/camera problems and I can’t post on my fiber nook so I thought I’d write a little more on this blog since it is everyone’s favorite so far with my blogs. Eventually, I think I might combine the blogs that way I can make only one or two posts a/ day and have everything right there for people to read.

Since I got back to exercising my blood sugar has been pretty awesome. I have been taking less insulin since the little bit of activity has reduced my blood sugar considerably. Day before yesterday it was 140 in the morning and today it was 100! What my normal b.s. reading is without exercise is over 200. And when I skip exercise in the evening my blood sugar before bed is over 300-400. However, when I workout it comes down to around 200, so I get to take less insulin. So if your diabetic I *strongly* encourage you to put in those exercise dvd’s, get that jump rope, lift those weights, go for that walk or swim; do what ever it is you want to do to bring that blood sugar down. It *does* make a difference.

QW

on second thought…..I don’t like counting calories.

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I found out after trying it all day that counting calories is not for me. Its monotonous and tiring. Instead, I will focus on eating healthy food only half as much. For breakfast instead of eating my normal two eggs and two pieces of toast I will cut back to only one egg and one piece of toast, of course with butter and preserves or jam (moderation in all things).

I will continue to exercise at least once a day for thirty minutes. I can break the exercise up or choose to do it all at once. I can combine different types of exercise as I work towards my goal of loosing 100 pounds. Eventually I will add some strength training to my routine, but I’m not ready for that yet.

Rhonda

Setting a new goal…

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I have been loosing a little weight, maybe five pounds over the past six months, but it’s not enough.  At this rate it will take me ten years to loose the 100 pounds I need to to get rid of the diabetes.  What if my diabetes just takes over and consumes me before I reach my goal?  No, I have to try harder.

So Today is November the 19th and I will start today eating a 1700 calorie diet and I will exercise at least once a day. Some days I might exercise twice a day. The exercise alone , which started in April of this year, has caused me to loose the five pounds I’ve already lost. So, if I rev it up a little maybe I can speed things up a little. So my new goal is to eat a 1700 calorie diet every day for the next year, and loose sixty pounds. That would mean I would need to loose about five pounds a month. I WILL do this.

My current weight is 250 and if I loose 60 pounds that will put me at about 190. After I reach that goal I will set a new one.

I got inspired by another blogger who’s goal was to loose 100 pounds in a year. I thought I would make a goal of my own because so far I have made no goals and haven’t lost a whole lot either. My goal is achievable if I’m careful about what I eat.

If you want join in with me. I need all the support and encouragement I can get. So now I go look up the caloric content of the foods I regularly eat and some foods I should avoid.

QW

Getting back on track

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For the past week I have fallen into depression and it has been cold and rainy outside and I just have not been motivated to do anything.  So when that happens what do we do?  I realized I was not taking all my medication properly so I have to get back on track about that.  I feel better today even though I slacked off on my meds.  This little turn of events has put my blood sugar in the sky high range and I have to stop it!

First things first.  First, I realize the problem.  Next is to do something about it…..  Set intentions.  An intention is something you desire to do.  My intention is to get off the couch and move my body. So here we have it:

Intention:  get back to exercising.

Next is to set goals under that intention:

1.  Move the exercise bike into the house and/or take the clothing and other things off the exercise bike so I can actually use the thing.

2. Sit on the bike , decide on a time, and start peddling.

3.  Take those aerobic dvd’s and put them in the dvd player and push play.

4. Get into gear first.  Put sweats on, sneakers, hair back in pony tail.

You can break it down even further and put tasks under each of those goals.

Example:

4.goal: ride exercise bike for twenty minutes.  tasks: Get into gear first. tasks…. Put sweats on, sneakers, hair back in pony tail.

tasks continued: Walk to exercise bike and get on….task:  start peddling. task:  Maybe warm up with a short walk because weather is improving.

We can do this!!!

O.K. I did it!!! I warmed up with ten miles on the exercise bike (stationary).  I know this sounds like a lot but it only took me ten minutes peddling at not so fast of a speed.  Then I went and walked about a mile, slowly because I have back problems today and I didn’t want to hurt myself.  It took me no more than twenty-five minutes to walk that mile, which was only down to the end of our road and back.  Usually I do two miles but my back is out of whack.  (Lower back pain probably from sitting too much).  I come back and was warmed up enough to take off my sweatshirt and hat once I got inside.  Then I cycled for another 10 miles on the stationary bike.  So the total workout cost me only about forty minutes.  I watched a work out video by Denise Austin while laying on the heating pad.

I would also like to add that the walk really felt good after I got out there and did it.  I just wore my sweats and made sure I had a hat on before I left.  The fresh air was good for me.  I’ve been cooped up too long in the house and my depression went away.  It was good to take things easy today, since it was my first day back into my routine.

Also, I would like to add that it helps to change things up a bit from time to time.  Riding the bike while watching t.v. was a break from the monotony of walking the two miles all at once.  Sometimes at the end of the day I’ll do another walk so my blood sugar will go down at night, I won’t have to take as much insulin , and I will have a good blood sugar reading in the morning.

Ten foods with a bad reputation that are saprisingly good for you

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A very much loved family member is always telling me “you shouldn’t eat bread or potatoes because they are fattening”.  I think, well life is fattening!  And your not going to get fat if you eat just a little bit of what you love.  People deprive themselves for no reason, afraid to eat certain foods because they hear or think they’re bad for you.  My goal is to take some of the most judged foods that have a bad rep. and show you that they aren’t as bad as what people think.

1.  Pizza-another food that a very loved family member wants to never eat.  But why?  Pizza can be a very healthy food if made properly.  Fast food pizza is usually made with white crust that isn’t that good for you. But why not make your own crust and instead of using white flower use whole wheat or half in half?  Throw in some flax seeds and wheat germs for some omega 3 fatty acids.  Fresh veggies to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals can also be used.  Also, add lean meats like low fat ground beef and turkey or chicken.  Making pizza at home using fresh ingredients is a very healthy alternative to fast food pizza.

2. Eggs-eggs have a bad reputation due to their cholesterol content and frying eggs or adding butter increases calories, but saprisingly eggs are low in fat, a good source of protein, and helps keep you full so you won’t snack.  And did you know that our body needs cholesterol?  People want to avoid them because of the cholesterol but there is actually good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, so we shouldn’t avoid all foods that have cholesterol.

3.  Bread-now here is the big one.  Bread isn’t called the “staff of life” for no reason. Just like oil and cholesterol, all bread is not created equally.  Whole grain bread is an excellent choice and packed full of fiber and other nutrients.  I reccamend a book: * Making bread at home*.  I can’t see how something so beautiful and homey is bad for you health.  When I make waffles I make mine with whole wheat flower mixed half and half with white flower and I use sugar free syrup because of being diabetic.  Add a little lean sausage on the side and some coffee and fruit and you’ve got yourself a good nutritious breakfast.  (More about coffee later).  Bread is something fun you can make at home and experiment with different ingredients.  You can make it as healthy as you want.  You will be saprised at how many different breads there are when you make it at home.

4. chocolate:  Chocolate contains a substance called flavoids which helps prevent heart disease and cancer.  When people consume chocolate the antioxidents increase in the blood.  There is also a mood altering substance in chocolate which describes why so many women love it.  It actually makes you happy.  The dark chocolate is the best for you.

5.  Peanut butter-  Well not all peanut butter is made the same.  The stuff I grew up with is full of hydrogenated oil added to make it spread easier and not separate.  Hydrogenated oils clog your arteries.  It’s better to eat the natural peanut butter that is made with just peanuts and salt-nothing more.  Sometimes we have to work a bit when mixing it up-but just think…we can consider it as part of our exercise routine-yea that’s a good way to look at it! lol

6.  Coffee-  Coffee is said to make you smarter.  The caffine found in coffee can improve your mood, reaction time,memory, vigilance, and cognitive function.  I have found it to also be an excellent laxative. In moderation caffine is good for you.  It improves both health and brain function.  It also helps you to burn fat, boostes your metabolism and is loaded with nutrients and antioxidents.  Coffee, like anything, is good for you in moderation.  It very well may be the healthiest beverage in the world!

7. Popcorn-Popcorn is not just a snack for the movies- it is actually good for you when not loaded down with butter flavoring. Air popped is the healthiest for you.  Plain popcorn when not cooked with oil or flavored with butter contains only 1 gram of fat per serving (3 cups).  It is a whole grain carbohydrate with small amounts of vitamins and minerals.  The fiber content helps with bowl function, controls cholesterol, and blood sugar.  It’s great to eat when trying to loose weight.

8.  Cheese-  Cheese has a bad rep. because of the saturated fat in it.  But is saturated fat all that bad for you?  Cheese has been around for ages.  Cheese has a slew of nutrients:  calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vit.A and vit. B12.  Americans need more calcium in their diet, especially women.  What’s even better is many cheeses (like cheddar and swiss) contain little or no lactose (if your lactose intolerant).  Also, new research shows that saturated fat has little risk contributed to heart disease, allowing more people to enjoy this wonderful, versatile food.

9.  Are hamburgers healthy ?   O.K. lets treat this just like the pizza.  What’s in a hamburger?  Bread, meat, pickles , relish, onion, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard cheese.  You can choose lean meat.  We’ve already discussed bread and cheese an . What about t he tomatoes pickles, onion, mustard, and mayonaise? Nothing is unhealthy about any of those.  So what are we afraid of? I think there is a stigma with hamburgers from all the fast food joints that just throw things together and call it food. What if we choose lean meats or grow our own veggies? We can choose better bread instead of that white gunk you can roll into a ball like play dough.  You know….that
stuff with no vitamins or fiber. We can also control our portion sizes and not eat three, but just one hamburger. And what about baking the fries instead of frying them?

10. Butter- as far as butter goes anything that is natural is bound to be better for you than the substitute stuff. I’ve read that whipped butter has half the amount of saturated fat as regular butter. But our great grandparents used it and had nothing else so why is butter so bad? It’s not. Most of the margarine and other butter substitutes have artery clogging hydrogenated oils in them . Your body recognises the animal fats in real butter too and can more easily digest them. So the good old fashioned butter isn’t the villan after all.

Ten inexpensive things to do when you can’t exercise outside

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Last winter was the worse I had ever seen in Texas. It snowed for a couple of days and we lost power for almost a week. Everything stayed iced over for a week and you could not drive anywhere. I happened to be stuck in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and couldn’t go home to East Texas for two weeks! I had been walking but there was no way to do it now! My blood sugar was also way up and I wasn’t doing anything inside the house-just vegetating.

Here are some inexpensive ideas of what we can do when the conditions are not favorable outside or when you wake up late from a nap and it’s already dark outside…..

1. Move the stationary bike inside and ride while watching tv.

2. Rent or buy some exercise videos (Denise Austin is fabulous and she has a whole slew of dvd’s on Amazon-some very inexpensive). It would be good to buy some ahead of time for a rainy day and you can just pop them in when it’s pouring down rain (or snow).

3. Get the vacuum cleaner out and vacuum the whole house-with gusto. And while your at it clean the entire house-with gusto!

4. Take the dumbells inside and work on strength training. Even combine strength training with riding the sta. bike for something my spouse calls “around the world”.

5. If you have the room do some leg lunges back and forth for 30 min. and then do some cool down exercises afterwards. Lunges are done by extending one leg infront of the other then bending the back leg and try and touch the floor. Come up from that position using the front thigh to push yourself back up. Then switch to other leg and repeat.

6. Put on some music and just dance for 30 minutes.

7. Do some floor exercises like push ups and sit ups.

8. Do some pilates. It would be helpful if you had a book that would demonstrate some of the pilates movements. I reccamend “Fit and Fabulous after Fourty” by Denise Austin.

9. Get out some of those stretchable bands and work out with them. If you don’t know how to use them look around for a good book for ideas on how to use them. These bands are great and save space when you don’t want to move bulky equipment around. They are great for toning and strengthening your arms and legs. Combine with some squats for a great workout.

10. Climb the stairs for 30 min. then do some gentle stretches and maybe some yoga to cool down with and relax.

QW