Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Week 29 Monday (7/28/14)

Week 29         MONDAY

Recipe Review              
Today’s Recipe and Location:  Hot Artichoke Dip        
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
         Pages: 30 - 31       Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 717 calories per cup, if 4 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

This is just plain old creamy goodness

The problem with this was that I ate more than a cup or two for dinner one night.
YIKES!  I really am the Queen of Bad Choices.

         This dip is a must for my next get together.  I love this dip so much that I actually had it for dinner. I served it with tortilla chips and had a ball. Of course, that is pretty sad, but I actually enjoyed every flipping minute.  Try this one out because it is down right yummy.

Random Reflections - Bucket List

         I am curious how to play the game of bridge. My Mom and Aunt Doris play bridge and really enjoy it. Personally, I prefer Euchre, but since I am getting older I thought I should learn to play this game. If bridge is a dying breed after my Mom’s generation, then I will just learn it for fun, if not I will know how to play a new game. It seems like a win-win to me.

Becky’s Bucket List #18
Learn to play bridge
Have an inground pool
Finish writing a book on the Scent Family
Save up enough money for a down payment on my Kentucky house
Research every town in Kentucky in hopes of relocating
Work on learning calligraphy and bettering daily penmanship
Begin making my own clothing using a mannequin
Volunteer at an animal rescue
Visit all 50 states
Photography courses
Complete all of Mom’s and my scrapbooks
Go skiing again in Colorado
Meet the Duggar family
Watch every nominee and winner for the Academy Awards to date
Remodel my kitchen
Take piano lessons
Write 2 books for my great-nephews
Travel to Wales
Travel to Scotland
Alaskan cruise

Why Weight?

         7/20                  Sunday                  1,730         calories         nothing                 
         7/21                  Monday                 1,751         calories         Curves                 
         7/22                  Tuesday                1,715         calories         Curves
         7/23                  Wednesday            1,795         calories         Curves
         7/24                  Thursday               1,766         calories         Curves
         7/25                  Friday                    1,777         calories         Curves
         7/26                  Saturday          est. 1,750         calories         nothing

Goal:             87.6 lbs.          (100 lb. loss between 6/1/14 – 6/1/15)
                  -    2.1 lbs.         this week’s loss
                     85.5 lbs. lbs to go

         I am thrilled I lost this week, but I was really hoping for more than 2.1 lbs. It was a good week, however as I stayed in the 1,700’s the entire week. I decided to add a new feature here and that is how many steps I took each day and the calories burned. My new FitBit tells me this information.

Sun. 7/20                  8,125 steps                  2,748 calories burned
Mon. 7/21                 8,377 steps                  2,789 calories burned
Tues. 7/22               10,180 steps                  2,926 calories burned
Wed. 7/23                10,052 steps                 3,017 calories burned
Thurs. 7/24               8,263 steps                  2,782 calories burned
Fri. 7/25                    8,328 steps                  2,823 calories burned
Sat. 7/26                   6,155 steps                  2,714 calories burned

         The FitBit is a wristband and it transmitting information to my computer. It can even keep track of your weight loss and your sleep habits. I love this bracelet because my new goal is to walk 10,000 or more steps each and every day. As you can see from last week’s info, I have a long way to go, but I find it inspiring somehow. 

Wants and Wishes

         I want to increase my weekly weight loss, so I need to walk 10,000 steps every day. I will begin by setting the goal for a week, and after I accomplish that one, I’ll up it to two weeks, and so on. This is a big commitment for a self-professsed couch potato, but I will reach my 100 lb. goal this time around. The last time I set this goal, I only lost 75 pounds, not that it wasn’t a great accomplishment, but I usually meet every goal I set my mind on.

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