The long and winding road to fitness, day 46

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A day off work…very nice.  I had to go back to the eye doctor…come on…I’m getting more than a little tired of this…one more trip to pick up the contacts that they had to order (should have just ordered them online…oh well), then I hope I don’t have to go back for a year.

After the visit with the eye doctor, I stopped at Kroger.  I really did need to do some grocery shopping after skipping it Saturday.  Once again, I spent a little more than I wanted to, but did buy a lot of fruit and veggies, more dark chocolate almond milk, cheese, bread, black beans, fish, frozen fruit bars, flatbread for pizza, a new coffee (that was my reward for writing every day in July) and creamer.  I’m going to take the coffee to work tomorrow and drink it iced.  Something new for me.

I also bought a bag of PopChips.  I think I’m going to have to stop buying those for now.  Over the course of the day, I ended up eating four servings…not disastrous, but not good either.  So I think they’ll just have to be off-limits for a while.  That usually works for me.  For some reason, there are certain foods that I have trouble just eating a single serving of…apparently PopChips are one of them.

One positive thing about my shopping trip, there were several products that I thought about buying until I read the nutrition label and saw either how many calories or how much sodium per serving.  Before I would have just tossed them in the cart and worried about it (or not) later.  Progress in baby steps…

I walked for 40 minutes today, intended to do more, but got wrapped up in other things.  Tomorrow is truck day at work, so that means a day long workout for me (and everyone else).  We’re going in early, so I’m sure I won’t get up early enough to work out before I go.  I suppose working the truck will have to suffice as a workout tomorrow. 

Do you read nutrition labels when you shop?  Does it influence whether or not you’ll purchase a product?

Coffee sensation

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I’ve been trying different types of coffee, various flavors of coffee, numerous methods of coffee preparation…all in the effort to find the perfect (for me) cup of coffee. Now, I must say, I am definitely not a strong, black cup of coffee kind of girl.  I don’t know how so many of you drink it like that.  I’ve tried it, believe me, I’ve tried it…I try it with every new type of coffee that I buy…and I still can’t stomach it.  I wish I could.  It would be the perfect low-calorie drink, a drink that would deliver that much-needed jolt of caffeine.  But, I just don’t like it unless it’s sweet and flavored.  I’m sorry, that’s just the way I am.  I think I’m just going to have to accept that about myself.  And really, is that such a terrible thing?  I mean, I’m not saying I want a hit of cocaine in my coffee, just a little sweetness and flavor.

I bought another type of coffee to try yesterday…chocolate raspberry…before you say, “That’s not real coffee.”, just hear me out.  I opened the package this morning and the scent that wafted out was heavenly, a chocolatey raspberry coffee kind of thing going on.  So I prepared a small pot using a little less coffee than the directions called for.  Once it was finished brewing, I poured it into my favorite mug, added one packet of Truvia and a slug of this dark chocolate creamer I found. 

Holy moly, this was amazing…not an overpowering coffee flavor, but a mild coffee flavored with chocolate and raspberries.  Wow!!  If I’d had the time, I would have also tried this iced.  I guess I can look forward to doing that another day.

So, do you like your coffee strong or mild?  Black or some other way? 

Coffee blunders

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I came downstairs this morning, all excited because I was going to use my new coffee maker for the first time today and get to try out my new chocolate truffle coffee.  So I got out my handy-dandy box cutter (hmm…where did I get that?  don’t tell on me, please) and cut open the box.  I pulled everything out, looked it over, looked like everything was in good shape, had been packed well, no missing or broken parts…good so far.  I start reading the instructions, thank goodness at least part of them were written in English!!

It doesn’t take me long to realize that I don’t have coffee filters…shoot, shoot, shoot.  Okay, I’m not one to allow a little thing like that to keep me from seeing this through.  Hmm…I wonder, can I just use a paper towel in place of a filter, just for today?  I have the Seventh Generation ones that are unbleached, which I’m thinking is a good thing, I don’t think you really want to add bleach to your morning cup of coffee, right?  So, okay, get it wet and kind of mold it to the filter basket, that should work.

I read the instructions on the package of coffee, says to use 3 T for 4 cups of coffee.  Since I don’t think I want it as strong as most normal coffee drinkers would like, I’ll just use a little less.  Dump it in the filter, pour in the water.  Well, that doesn’t quite seem right.  Ohhhh, the water goes in the water reservoir, not the filter basket.  Alright, clean it up and start again.  Okay, now we’re cooking…uh…perking…

It’s done, pour a cup, add some Truvia and some milk…taste…add more Truvia and milk…taste…hmm…not quite what I was hoping for.  Okay, try Simone’s suggestion.  Pour some skim milk in a container with a lid, then shake the daylights out of it.  Take the lid off…cool, it really is foamy…

Now, what did Simone say to do next?  Pour some coffee in the cup, I think…however, the cup is already pretty full of this foamy, frothy milk mixture.  So just add a little coffee and some Truvia…stir gently…taste…add more Truvia..stir…taste…okay, not too bad. 


Whew, that was a lot of work for something that’s just alright…this may take a little more experimentation…any suggestions for coffee that doesn’t taste so much like coffee?  Or how to prepare it so that I sip it and just say, “Ahh…”?

Coffee, anyone?

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It’s funny, my mom drank coffee every day, black.  Several cups.  I tried it a few times but just didn’t care for it.  So, for several years, I just assumed I didn’t like coffee.  Then a customer brought me a flavored coffee from Starbucks…oh my…how could I not have known how delicious this was?  Of course, it wasn’t calorie free like the black coffee my mom drank.  But it sure did taste worlds better.  Being the frugal gal I am, I wasn’t going to pay for coffee from Starbucks every day. Then I saw the little tins of Maxwell House International blends…when I tasted those, I knew I could have coffee-house coffee without the coffee-house price.  Yum!!  One cup most mornings.

I didn’t have a coffee maker, so I didn’t try any of the ground coffees on the market, just the instant.  But this week, someone gave me a brand new coffee maker that they didn’t need (yes, I could have bought a coffee maker myself, I just never got around to it.  I mean, how do you decide which one to buy?).  Oh my, I’m afraid this may be the beginning of a new addiction.  Today I stopped at Wal Mart after work and decided to look at all of the coffee and try to find something that I thought I just might like.  Wow!! Who knew there were so many options?  Then I saw one that caught my eye…

How could this not be good?  Do you see those words?  Chocolate truffle…oh my word.  I haven’t actually tried it yet.  I hate to admit this, but I’m not really sure how to use a coffee maker so I’m going to have to read the instructions (what’s up with that, right?) and maybe experiment a little.  But with a name like chocolate truffle, how can I go wrong?  So who has suggestions about what kind I should try next?  I’m excited about coffee…is that wrong?