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Lets Get on the Bus. 
Mar. 26, 2012 6:09 pm 
Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 8:51 pm
Hey there all my fellow culinary officianado's.  The weather here in Minnesota has been unbelieveable the last three weeks. Although colder this week, in the 50's it is still higher than the normal of about 46 during the daytime.  Sadly, as I was attempting to clean up the yard a tad, I discovered there seemed to be much difficulty with my abilities at physical exertion??? Can't be that another year has been notched on that belt that is a little bigger and a little tighter could it?  Oh I hate aging!  Why does this have to happen to me in the midst of my prime? I have decided that it is definately time to get on the bus and increase my exercise, watch my diet and hopefully shed a few of these winter pounds.  Seems that along with age, a tad bit of apathy toward the way we look can occur also.  OK, what am I going to do about it?  First, when I first get up I have to start eating my "healthy" breakfast, never skipping that most important meal of the day.  Get that metabolic engine started and keep it purring all day long.  I need to start with some whold grain cerial of ONLY ONE SERVING so that means I will need to measure out the portion.  Then, coffee or tea is OK, but forget all the French Vanilla creamer! Ok, I bought some Stevia and I can use some low cal flavoring.  Now, one piece of lightly Margarinated toast, preferabley whole grain and 1/2 cup of OJ.  This should keep me going til lunch.  Between breakfast and lunce a little excercise would not be out of line. How about an "around the block a few times" with little Pickles?  That should do it, if I can only be consistant?  Also, could ride the bike a tad.  Get that heart beat up for about 10 minutes to start and that would be good.  This is the initial plan.  Let me try to be consistant with this part for a week and then try to further plan this quest!
Mar. 27, 2012 4:38 am
I am doing the same planning. Several weeks ago I received some great suggestions on the Recipe Buzz to improve myself. First; keep a journal of food intake and daily activity. Second; plan meals and buy food accordingly. Third; keep healthier foods handy for easy snacking. Fourth; write your goals and place them in easy sight for you and your family. The refrigerator door is the most reccommended place. Update the goals with your progress. Fifth; don't cut out your "forbidden" foods completely. Use them as a reward for making progress- let's say once a month or for each five pounds.
Mar. 27, 2012 4:59 am
Great idea! I started back on my exercise plan a few weeks ago. I walk Suzy (my 3 yr. old black lab) about 2 to 2-1/2 miles a day at a brisk pace. I am not cutting out the sweets, but am cutting back. I have discovered a small portion of just a few small bites can satisfy me; no need to eat the whole cake or pie in one sitting! LOL My daughter gave me a pedometer and I tried to wear that to measure my steps, but I found I was constantly forgetting to put it on each morning. The days I did remember I was walking around 11,000 steps, of course I have no idea if that is good or not. Good luck to you with your plan! :)
Dec. 11, 2012 8:51 pm
OMG, where has the time gone. My intention was to post frequently on my blog, get into an exercise program and healthy eating with weight loss. I have done nothing. I don't know what is wrong with me, but I definately need an overhaul. Partly with All Recipes, my membership had cancelled as my registered card expired which I just renewed. Please forgive as I try to get back on the ball again. I know that 2013 has got to improve things!
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About Me
I am a non-working Registered Nurse. I have loved to cook ever since childhood. I love the outdoors and warm weather. Living in Minnesota and being from Wisconsin you would think I would enjoy cold weather and activities associated with, WRONG! I hate the cold and stay indoors almost the entire winter until Spring "breaks." What do you do in the winter? Cook, of course. I love experimenting with new, complicated food dishes and of course I love the taste of my own cooking. I love animals and have a Minature Schnauzer, "Pickles." She is a total joy!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make different Italian dishes. I tend to like spice so I am intrigued by India, Mexico, Thai and anything made with a "bite." Being of German descent, I have some favorite all time recipes that were my mom and dad's. Kliska is one of my families favorites. It is potato dumplings that are browned with bacon and pork pieces until the dumplings are crisped on the edges. Along with the pork pieces and bacon you have alot of chopped onion and a pinch of nutmeg; very tasty, but loaded with cholesterol.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As aforementioned I love to make Kliska. One of my best friends who is Swedish, makes a similar Klub which is a large potato dumpling filled with diced pork, onion, salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. She wraps the dumplings which are coated with butter in aluminum foil and then dropped into boiling water for about 30 minutes. Being German, I do like the 'ol standbys of sauerkraut and pork ribs, sauerkraut and weiner's, sauerkraut and whatever. Sauerbraten, red cabbage and potatoes are a nice combination too.
My cooking triumphs
I just recently watched a cute "date" movie for about the 15th time with Lauren Hutton called Sweet Treats. She's a chef who combines with the male lead to form a team contesting in a cooking contest. In that movie they make a Torta Barozzi which is a very chocolate, non-flour torte. Was a rather complicated recipe, but I made it and it turned out "wonderful." It is a chocolate lovers dream.
My cooking tragedies
I never remember those cooking tragedies. I just never make them again and "move on" to greater things. I will say, I never serve a recipe that I have not made previously! Also when cooking meat, don't over cook and "always" use a meat thermometer!
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