Fruit Salad (with low fat yogurt dressing)

January 30, 2013

Today’s snack was fruit salad.  I wanted a creamy “dressing” for it but not something mayo based.  So I whipped up a little something with Greek yogurt. (bad picture, sorry)

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These nutrition stats seem a little high, calorie-wise.  I’m guessing I overestimated the dried cranberries I put in it.

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The recipe, if you can call it that, couldn’t be simpler and is pretty much to taste. I used about 1/3 of an apple, 1/2 an orange, 1/2 a banana, a few dried cranberries and walnuts.  For the “dressing” I took a single-serve container of Greek yogurt (plain) and added a splash of vanilla and OJ (I only used a bit of this concoction in this salad; I’ll use the rest later.)  I added Nutrasweet this time to sweeten it a little but next time I’m going to go with honey.

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100 Days of Skies–Day 75

June 9, 2012

A slightly stormy sky in Coosa.

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100 Days of Skies–Day 74

May 23, 2012

These pictures were taken minutes apart from the same location.

When I got home and got out of the car, this is how the sky looked:

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Approximately five minutes later, it looked like this (and the temp dropped about 10 degrees):

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Gotta love (almost) summer in the south.


Chunky Monkey Cookies

May 21, 2012

Actually the recipe called them Skinny Monkey Cookies. I made these tonight and they are pretty tasty, especially for the nutrition stats that each one has.

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Chunky Monkey Cookies

Ingredients:
3 bananas, mashed
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup Splenda
1 tsp vanilla
1 scoop protein powder

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.  Let sit for 20 minutes.  Drop by teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Makes 18-25, depending on size.  My recipe made 25; that is the number that the nutritional stats are based upon.

Nutrition:
64 cals
2 g fat
9 g carbs
2 g fiber
3 g protein


100 Days of Skies–Days 72 & 73

May 21, 2012

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Days 70 & 71–100 Days of Skies

May 16, 2012

Fell off the radar but I wanted to go ahead and post a couple of sky pix a day….trying to catch up.  Both taken in Rome.  The clouds pic (2nd one) almost looks unreal, doesn’t it?  The first one here is a double rainbow after the storm. You’ll have to click on them to see the whole pic.

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Stepping out on a limb

May 13, 2012

OK, in order to make myself accountable, I am going to step out on a limb. On July 1, I am going to wear this very bikini again. (scroll down past the pic for more)

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This picture was taken in 2005.  I thought I was fat.  <smdh> I was at 124.5 at this time. I was also very tanned.  🙂  I wasn’t all that toned, though–my body fat was still a little high. The reason: I hate to exercise. I never get that “runner’s high” that people talk about.  I never get that rush of energy from working out.  I just get tired and grumpy. Plus, since the surgery on my feet, they hurt when I do almost any kinds of activity.

I have been doing fairly well with my weight and my diet.  I will usually make good choices where food is concerned.  Fruit, Greek yogurt, veggies, wheat bread, skim milk, some chicken and turkey breast. Not exactly clean eating, but a good, solid low-fat diet most days. I have managed to keep my weight between 131 and 134 for months.  My body fat is actually probably a tiny bit lower now than it was in this picture.  But I am much less toned now. The effects of gravity and age have conspired against me.

My goal date gives me approximately 7 weeks to get toned.  To lose about 8-10 pounds.  To reduce my body fat–hopefully by at least 4%, although that may be out of my reach. This will require me to work out a lot more and not making excuses.  I can’t promise regular updates, ‘cuz I stink at that, but I promise that I will follow through with posting my picture again in 7 weeks.