Monday, September 19, 2011

A New Beginning

Having just returned from a trip to Walt Disney World, I realize how much I need to be overhauled.  As you can see from the photo of me with Donald Duck, it's hard to tell who is the chubbier.  Walking is very difficult for me, and so I use a scooter when we travel.  And this trip when the scooter broke, I was terrified of how I would manage the rest of my vacation.  Renting a scooter solved that problem, but it encouraged me to look inside myself.  I am a diabetic, but don't always eat like I should.  My biggest problem is that I love food, the look, the smell, and the taste.  And so, I have decided to make a conscious effort to eat more healthy and concentrate on eating less and moving more.  Hopefully, this blog will help to keep me honest.  

Eating is not a problem, food preparation is.  I never seem to spend the time necessary to prepare breakfast and lunch.  Since returning from my trip, I have made lists (oh how I love to make lists).  Lists of breakfast foods, lunches that can be prepared in advance, and healthy snacks.  And I added what I need to buy to my grocery list.  I've made myself a "diet kit".  It's a clear plastic container into which I have put my digital scale, my own set of measuring cups and spoons, and the sheet of meal suggestions that my dietitian gave me. It is sitting on the back of the kitchen table where it is well within reach.

My husband, Rod, makes a mean oatmeal.  Last night, he made a big pot of oatmeal to keep in the frig.  This morning, I measured out 1 cup and heated it in the microwave.  I added some spices and dried blueberries, and it was so good.  Not something I would have done before embarking on this journey.  Daughter Pat boiled some pasta for me while cooking steak sandwiches yesterday evening.  Last night before going to bed, I measured out 2/3 cup of pasta and mixed it with some hard cooked egg, some tuna fish, pickle relish, and a dressing made with 2 tbls. mayonnaise, some cider vinegar and some splenda.  Lunch for today is ready and in the frig.  Dinner is never a problem, but I am an evening snacker.  My list of evening snacks includes sugar free puddings and jellos, yogurt and cottage cheese.  For dinner tonight, I have some very lean, boneless ribs in the crock pot with barbeque sauce.  Planned sides are cole slaw and a Weight Watchers recipe for Cheesy Grits.  

And so, life for me begins anew.  I'll need you for support, and to help me stay honest.  So, climb aboard and travel with me.


  1. Hi -- I admire you setting up a blog to do this and will cheer you on and also hope to do some of this healthier eating myself. Hubby is diabetic and we discovered that Dreamfield's pasta has only 5 DIGESTIBLE carbs per serving. You can Google it and read about it. He tested it by eating a big serving and then checking his blood sugar after a certain time period and then again and it really does NOT make his blood sugar go crazy. This is nice as it allows him to eat a good-sized serving of pasta and not have his carbs get out of control. It is more expensive than regular pasta, but we felt it was worth it for him to have a nice portion of it each time we eat it. I figured you might want to read about it online and maybe even try it. The taste is EXCELLENT, by the way.

  2. I'm glad to see you are eating three meals per day. You know better than skipping meals. You can do this!

  3. I am with you friend. I have also been on a diet and my daughter as well and I do know how hard this is. I am happy to be with you on this journey.

  4. Hey I was just on another blog - Everyday Life - and she referenced another blog site with low fat and low calorie menues called Hungry Girl. I would put a link but I can't do it within the comments.

    But I have a few Hungry Girl recipe books and their choices are pretty good. You might want to check it out.

  5. I've followed Hungry Girl for a couple of years now, and have three of her cookbooks. Thanks for the reminder.