Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 32 Monday (8/18/14)

Recipe Review              
Today’s Recipe and Location:                    Braised Beef Brisket
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
                           Pages  160 - 162     Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins  OR

I figured out that there are 402 calories per serving, if 7 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)  ***I made a 4 lb. brisket and got 7 servings.

This is the wonderful marinade.
 Ree recommends using a disposable pan to make life easier.
I'm all for that thought!

Here is the raw meat. It looked so good.

The final product

My amazing knife makes everything so easy to accomplish

         You begin this recipe by marinating the brisket for 24 to 48 hours. This is really important to know if you have a deadline. The marinade smells so wonderful and is dark and rich.
         The final product was absolutely fabulous. This meat was so great and flavorful that I can’t wait to have it again. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Random Reflections - Bucket List

         The following is a Why Weight entry from January of 2014. Today, I figured out my B.M.I. is 40. While I am thrilled it is declining, I find it frustrating how slowly it goes down. My bucket list goal is to reach a “normal healthy” B.M.I. of 24.9 or lower. 
         Below is the old entry in case you wanted to figure out where you stand. I love that my B.M.I. went from 64 to 43 and now to 40.  So, I guess my specific Bucket List item is to lower my B.M.I. by 15.1. I can’t get any more specific than that.

       BMI – Body Mass Index.  This is a number that I have always hated, but of late the number is lookin’ better. At my highest weight my BMI was a whopping 64.  Now that I am 144.3 lbs lower than that scary number, my BMI has dropped to 43.  Now that number is nothin’ to write home about, but I’ll rejoice in the 21 that it has dropped.  
         I found an old newspaper cutout for how to figure out your BMI.  According to an unknown paper, since I just cut out the two inch article, it stated that the National Institutes of Health established these four categories based on BMI levels for adults over 20 years old.

         Below 18.5:         underweight     (really? Not in my future)
         18.5 to 24.9         healthy           (this is my goal)
         25.0 to 29.9         overweight
         30.0 or higher obese

         According to this data, I really need to work hard to get my BMI down 13 more points.  I really think this is doable and boy oh boy will this new number help when I need to find my own insurance.
         So are you curious????  Don’t you, deep down, want to know your number???  Oh come on – it has to be lower than mine so buck up and figure it out.  Here are the directions.

         The body mass index is a common measure of obesity. It’s the ratio of weight in kilograms to height in meters squared. Here’s how to calculate yours:

(Your weight in kilograms) = (0.4535) x (your weight in pounds)

(Your height in meters) = (0.0254) x (your height in inches)
         To square your height, take the answer to your height in          meters and multiply it by itself and that is your squared          height.

(Your BMI) = (your weight in kilograms) divided by (your height in meters, SQUARED)

Okay – so you may not like your number (just like me) but I have learned that it is fixable.  Keep track of everything – like in a journal and you will have data over time.  Just like Martha would say, “It’s a good thing!”

Becky’s Bucket List #21
Have a B.M.I. of 24.9 or lower
Return to Florida/Alabama and see old friends
Play tennis again
Learn to play bridge
Have an in-ground 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?

8/10                  Sunday                  1,620         calories         nothing                 

8/11                  Monday                 1,822         calories         Curves                 
8/12                  Tuesday                 1,984         calories         Curves
8/13                  Wednesday             1,787         calories         Curves
8/14                  Thursday                2,050         calories         Curves  **scale broke
8/15                  Friday                     2,282         calories         nothing
8/16                  Saturday                 1,698         calories         Curves

         I was moving along great, and then I realized that one of the feet on my scale was off, and I kept getting different readings. On Thursday, 8/14/14, I went to Costco and purchased a new scale.  A great idea until I used it that day. On this scale, I was five pounds heavier than my old scale. I was pretty bummed, but I let myself have a pity party for Thursday and Friday and then got right back on track. I did end up losing a whole fourth of a pound, but that still put be back 4.6 pounds.  Oh well – I just have to work through it and keep focused on the future – not the present.

Goal:           71.5   lbs.          (100 lb. loss between 6/1/14 – 6/1/15)
                  + 4.6   lbs.           this week’s loss
                    76.1  lbs. lbs to go

Sun.                8/10                  10,633 steps         3,171         calories burned
Mon.               8/11                  14,079 steps         3,396         calories burned
Tues.               8/12                  11,777 steps         3,141         calories burned
Wed.`              8/13                  10,332 steps         3,113         calories burned
Thurs.              8/14                  10,419 steps         3,002         calories burned
Fri.                   8/15                  12,360 steps         3,187         calories burned
Sat.                   8/16                  13,299 steps         3,221         calories burned

I DID IT!  I actually reached 10,000 steps every day this week.  There are days where I was a little worried but I conscientiously made myself move a lot more. A big goal reached.

Wants and Wishes

         I want to learn a new skill in sewing. I haven’t made buttonholes is more than 10 years, so I would like to take a class that has creating buttonholes as a part of it. Since one of the things I would like to do is begin creating clothing again, this would be a great first step toward that goal.

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