Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Few Flex Pics

Our cooking conquests from this past week have been pretty successful.  With the exception of the zucchini pancakes, we are excited to make it all over again.  Luckily, flexing is working!  I have lost 9 pounds total so far!  Almost a third of the way to my goal!  Woohoo!

Vanilla-Spice French Toast with Berry Syrup

Greek Chopped Pita Salad--So much goodness in one pita!

Roasted Tomato and White Bean Penne--Yum!

Adam was excited about the Spicy Tofu Reuben.
Not pretty to photograph, but SO good!
Next week, I'm looking forward to the Spicy Peanut and Edamame Wrap and the Pumpkin-Spice Oatmeal with Hazelnuts!  Yum, yum, yum!!  :o)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flex Plan Days 3 thru 10

The best part about cooking, is sharing the meal with friends and family.  And over the last week, we have certainly had the opportunity to do both!  We were able to welcome our friends, Joanna and Tirzah to the homestead, along with Joanna's parents, 2 brothers, and sister-in-law.  It was a fun crowd to have around, for sure!  Not only did we get to sample some Jeni's Ice Cream--maybe more than once--but we also got to check out a few new recipes from the Flex Diet.

Here are a few pictures of some of our successful ventures in cooking over the last week!

Isaac, giving numerous fingers up
Barbecue, Tofu, Kale and Sweet Potatoes--Yum!
Lilla gives a big THUMBS UP!
Black Bean and Zucchini Quesadillas
Fresh Artichoke and Tomato Panzella Salad

Apricot Almond and Brown Rice
Barley Basilico with Garlic Eggplant--bring mints!
Thumbs up to the quesadillas











Thumbs way up!





Tuesday, July 12, 2011

30 Before 30--Day 2

Today we had the advantage of two additional food critics--grandma and grandpa!  They generously assisted us with the tasting and evaluating of our low-cal meals.  For breakfast today we had Figgy-Flaxseed Oatmeal.


It was delicious and got two thumbs up from everyone.  The flavor wasn't too sweet and the consistency was perfect.  Every time you encountered a piece of fig was incredible.  Yum.


Lunch was avocado black bean wraps.  With mashed black beans, salsa, and a burst of lime juice it was muy delicioso!


Grandma and Grandpa adopted Isaac's form of evaluation and gave the wraps many fingers up.


Finally, for dinner we had Portabello Pesto Penne.  We liked it, however we would have altered it just slightly.  With lots of fresh basil, the texture turned out slightly dry.  We definitely will put some reserved olive oil on at the end and allow the basil to cook in with the warmed pasta and mushrooms.  All in all we agreed, thumbs up.


I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

Monday, July 11, 2011

30 Before 30--Flexing

In any weight loss attempt it is a miracle if one does not encounter some obstacles.  Apparently I am not excluded from this rule and therefore need all the help I can get.  Fortunately, I also have a lot of support and one of those supports is my sis-in-law, Sarah.  

After doing some hunting around, she found an interesting book called The Flexitarian Diet.  The book is for people who are like me--who like to eat a mostly vegetarian diet--but will eat meat every now and again.  What I like about the book is that it portion controls the meals for you, gives you lots of options,  lists all the dietary information for each recipe, and is pretty darn easy to follow.  Today was day 1 of our diet.  We will be trying a different recipe for each meal every day for the next 35 days at about 1500 calories per day (including 2 snacks per day).

For breakfast we had a Granola-Berry Parfait.  


Isaac gave the parfait two fingers up.  Yogurt, berries, and granola never go wrong around here.


For lunch we made a Caprese Pita.


Everyone loved this one.  Lilla gave it a thumbs up AND a wink.  With fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and a homemade vinaigrette there was not a crumb leftover.


For dinner we had a flatbread pizza with goat cheese, tomatoes, pine nuts, black olives, and fennel.


This was a less popular dish.  We really liked the idea, however we agreed that next time we'll replace the chopped fennel with some cooked spinach.  Lilla gives it a "thumbs sideways".


I'm trying to document this journey, because I find it to be interesting.  The book does not come with any pictures with the recipes and I want to remember what the stuff looks like.  I also want to remember our reactions to the food.  If you are interested in learning more about a flexitarian diet or want to talk about weight loss efforts with me, I'd love to hear from you!  Is anyone else out there trying to get healthy through eating more fruits and veggies?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's been way too long

Summers are my worst time of year for blogging.  I have so much to blog about, but so little time to actually blog.  Here are the topics I want to tell you about: 
"The Little 40th Anniversary That Could", 
and "Hey, I Have Another MRI Coming Up!".
I think the 40th Anniversary and MRI will have to wait till the next rainy day...Please enjoy the following for now!!!

Our Amazing Trip To Seattle

After years of polite requests, we decided that it was finally time to make a trip out to see Adam's sister, Sarah in Seattle.  By an amazing stroke of luck and good timing, the weather was amazing.  This not only made going outside enjoyable, but also prevented any run-ins with vampires.  Whew!


A sample of some of the awesome things that made our trip awesome: checking out Sculpture Park and Teatro Zinzanni for a dinner date for two.


Going to the beautiful Whidbey Island by ferry for hikes, canoe rides, hot tubbing, and general hob-nobbing.  Staying in this amazing cabin.


Visiting Aunt Sarah's office for the view and picnic breakfast.  Visiting James' bike shop for new bike helmets and a bike adjustment (and hopefully an attitude adjustment about bikes without pedals).  Taking in the Children's Museum.


Father's day dinner out.  Tour of the Seattle Underground.  Visit to Pike Place Market to watch someone THROW a fish!


The Fremont Solstice Parade, eating lunch at Ivars, seeing our good friend, Bill and his lady-friend, Colleen.  Checking out a farmer's market...


Visiting Sarah and James in their natural habitat, drinking lots of coffee, and experiencing one of the most amazing vacations a person could have!  Thanks to everyone who made this possible...it was perfect!

The Grimsley Wedding


Congratulations to our Xavier friends, Barb and Jon for making it down the aisle and also successfully reducing 3740 Spencer to just 2 bachelor(ette)s.  It was an awesome wedding and we had a great time.  It was so nice to see everyone we miss in Cincinnati (and Boston).

Family picture time.

30 Before 30

On my half birthday, June 5th, I realized that I was only a mere 6 months away from turning the big 3-0.  I got a little introspective about it and was thinking about doing 30 exciting things before I turned 30.

Hmmm...

Exciting things?  Adam and I were feeling a little stumped.  It's difficult to come up with 30 exciting things on a budget.  That can also be accomplished in 6 months.

So, I decided to change my goal.  30 before 30!!  I am making it my goal to lose 30 pounds before I turn 30.  I think I can do it, but I need all the help I can get.  This means 5 pounds per month.  While I'm on chemo.  And vacationing.  And Thanksgiving.  And Eid.  And living my life.

Well, after a little less than a month, I'm already 4 pounds down.  I'm impressed, since 8 of those days were spent in food-heaven, Seattle.  And 4 of those days were spent with family in town for the 40th Anniversary party.  Now that things are settling down, I'm hoping to make some great strides.  I'll keep you posted on my progress and hopefully on my big 30th birthday, I'll be less-big.  :o)

Isaac's 2nd Birthday

Well, it's official.  He's been acting like a two-year-old for several months, but now he finally is two.  Isaac's birthday was a huge, weekend long celebration.  It all started with a trip to COSI in the morning for some fun at the water table, gadget area, and toy zone.  Then, after naps, we went camping!  Since Isaac loves camping, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate being 2.  

Isaac, showing me how old he is
When we woke up in the morning, we went down to the lake of the campground to see Super Uncle David and Super Aunt Alice swim, bike, and run in a triathlon.  It was pretty awesome.  Our special triathletes dressed in super hero costumes and earned our respect with their athletic prowess.

Triathlons make me hungry.
After that, we drove the camper down to Cincinnati to see Nonna and Auntie Hanann.  They took us to the Cincinnati Library book sale and made home made ice cream cake for Isaac's big day.

Lilla had fun at the celebration too!
The next morning, we got up and went to King's Island with Auntie Hanann and her friend, Sarah.  The kids got to play at the water park and had so much fun.

Working on his beach look

When we returned home, we had the chance to celebrate with Grandma and Grandpa.  They bought Isaac two trucks for the two-year-old.  He was ecstatic.  
Steam shovel!
When it comes to birthdays, we go big or we go home.  Or sometimes, as in this case, we do both.