Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 37 Monday (9/22/14)

Recipe Review       
Today’s Recipe and Location:           Chicken Pot Pie
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl         Pages: 126 - 127       Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins
Perfect Pie Crust         Pages: 128 – 129

I figured out that there are 437 calories per serving, if 10 servings are made or 365 calories for 12 servings. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

I chopped them up pretty fine

They are in the pot where I added the peas

In went the chicken broth, wine, and
OMG the heavy cream.
Don't ya just love that cream?

Here is the final product ready to go in the oven

         I love chicken pot pie. This one only had a top crust while I prefer both a top and bottom one. Next time, I will put some cayenne or red pepper flakes in the filling to add a bit of interest. This is definitely a comfort food that everyone should enjoy as the weather gets cooler.

Random Reflections - Bucket List

       One of the things I love to do is play games. I love board, card, or almost any game. I have never really played the types of video games that have American kids obsessed. So, one of the things I would love to do when I retire is host a game party for my family and cousins. Sounds like a plan.

Becky’s Bucket List #26
Host a game party
Purchase a truck
I would like to learn more about fostering animals
Visit the narrowed list of Kentucky towns each for a weekend
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?

9/15                  Monday                  1,698 calories         Curves                 
9/16                  Tuesday                 3,267 calories         nothing
9/17                  Wednesday             1,488 calories         Curves
9/18                  Thursday                1,583 calories         Curves
9/19                  Friday                     1,715 calories         mowed
9/20                  Saturday                 1,468 calories         nothing

         As usual, Sunday is a larger calorie day, and it seems to work for me. However, this week I had a total meltdown on Wednesday. I have never handled stress well, but since I started focusing on being healthier I have kept it pretty much under control. On Wednesday, I had a very difficult day at school, was worried about a friend, and felt anxious. The day went well until about seven o’clock when I just lost it. I ate an entire box of Hostess chocolate filled Twinkies. Yes – the entire box! That is a total of 10 count’em 10 Twinkies. I wanted to feel nothing, and in the past binging has worked for me. After eight of the little gems I was not feeling numb, but ill. I had already eaten dinner before I went on the binge so it wasn’t the wonderful Twinkies that made me sick, it was the sheer amount of food I had consumed. Did I eat those last two Twinkies? Don’t be silly! Of course, I did.
         They are gone, praise the Lord. I do have a different type in the basement – but I need them to be there so I know that I can handle it. Having one here or there is no problem, but an entire box is a bad choice all around. At least I got through the rest of the week and ended up losing 1.6 lbs. I’LL TAKE THAT! 

Goal:                    70.4 lbs.          (100 lb. loss between 6/1/14 – 6/1/15)
                  -   1.6 lbs.         this week’s loss
                    68.8 lbs. lbs to go

Sun.                   9/14                  6,829 steps                  2,689 calories burned
Mon.                  9/15                  9,831 steps                  3,010 calories burned
Tues.                 9/16                  4,842 steps                  2,540 calories burned
Wed.`                9/17                  7,753 steps                  2,866 calories burned
Thurs.                9/18                  6,764 steps                  2,751 calories burned
Fri.                     9/19                10,490 steps                  3,000 calories burned
Sat.                     9/20                  2,613 steps                  2,179 calories burned

         An okay week, but not nearly as successful as last week. My steps were not great on Saturday, because I felt nauseous on and off all day. I felt better on Sunday, thank Heavens.

Wants and Wishes

         I was watching Pastor Joel Osteen on Sunday morning and he helped me understand that everything that challenges us during the day is God’s way of helping us learn to deal with things that don’t go our way. The secret is to remember that our challenges are not something to get upset over, but to learn an appropriate way to deal with them. This is something that I really want to take to heart and work on this week.

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