The long and winding road to fitness, day 4

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I had the day off work today and that always presents challenges with my eating.  I guess I have a routine for work, prepare my lunch and snacks to take with me and know what I’m going to have for dinner before I ever get home.  But on my days off, I don’t plan what I’m going to eat and end up eating too much.  Yes, I do understand that the solution to this is simple…plan my day’s meals and snacks even on the days I don’t have to go to work…now just do it, right?

Today I did manage to eat a couple of servings of veggies with my fish at lunch, so that’s a plus!  But I made the mistake of sitting down to read with a box of Chex (the honey flavored, sweet ones).  I eat these as a snack and that’s usually okay because I measure out either a half a cup or a full cup and eat them dry.  Today I didn’t measure.  I found myself just eating them out of the box while reading.  Yikes!!  I think I put a stop to it before any real damage was done, but still…Lesson for today…plan ahead for meals and snacks…measure, measure, measure…

I ended up eating 1776 calories for the day (hopefully not any more than that…lol).  Tomorrow I’m going to keep it below 1600.  I rode the exercise bike for 10 minutes this morning, did upper body strength training (6 exercises, 2 sets of each), and walked for 15 minutes this evening.  So overall a pretty decent day, I think.

I didn’t go to the grocery store…just being lazy, I guess. I just couldn’t force myself to go.  It’s not like I’m really out of anything, I just didn’t want to have to stop after work…now it looks like that’s exactly what I’ll have to do.  I had planned to prepare a veggie pizza, but changed my mind and went with black bean salsa…

I use this on my vegetarian taco salad…some fresh spinach or Romaine lettuce and either Greek yogurt or lite Ranch dressing..it’ll have to be the Ranch dressing since I don’t have any Greek yogurt right now…it is on my list tho!  So that was the extent of my cooking today.  I did get outside this morning and pull some weeds and move some of my plants that are in containers.  One of these days I’ll have fresh tomatoes and cucumbers…ooh…can’t wait!!

So, how did everyone else do today?  Does anyone have any recipes to share today?  What kind of exercise did everyone do?  I think we’re making some progress here!!

Container garden gone wild

Wow…all of the rain we’ve had this year has caused an explosion in my container garden…well, okay, not exactly an explosion (thankfully), but the plants continue to grow like crazy…over running the small patio outside my kitchen.  When I heard the mowers early this morning, I knew I was going to have to do something because the cucumbers were growing out into the grass and the mowing crew would just run over them.

So, lacking the supplies on hand to grow them vertically (make a note now for next year, Patti), what could I do with them to get them out of the way and to have them take up a little less room on the patio?

I put one of the pots on the top shelf of a plant stand altho it looks like this will only be a temporary fix…I think the plant will continue to grow so much that I’d have trouble getting in and out the back door.

I set the other pot in front of the Adirondack chair that I won’t be sitting in this summer.  I kind of originally used it to give a little extra support to the tomato plant, but the plant quickly took over.  I’ve just come to the conclusion that the chair will simply be a background for the art that is my garden this year!

Hard to believe I’m going to all that trouble for this…only another gardener would understand…

I picked another pepper today that I’m going to use in black bean salsa later today.

The zucchini plant continues to grow.  Hard to believe, when I first planted zucchini, many years ago, I planted an entire row…funny how many things you can do with zucchini when it’s got you buried in the kitchen…and really, there’s only so much you can palm off onto friends and family!  I actually found a cookbook devoted to zucchini…some very interesting recipes (many that I’ve never tried…and likely will never try).

And one of the sunflowers that the birds planted for me is getting ready to bloom…enjoy little birdies, maybe you’ll eat a little less of the expensive bird seed I buy for you…or not!

Don’t you just love how gardening is never the same year to year?  I just hope this year is a better year for my tomatoes than last year was…oh well, if not, there’s always the farmers market!