GOYB Week #8

Checking in for week whichwhat? 7? 8? Gah, I’ve lost track, and I posted last week as 8, when it was actually 7. Which would make this week 8.

I should have numbered the calendar! I’ve made the change in the previous post.

Week 7: Absolutely no change in anything (measurements or weight) this week. I have been drinking more water and about five of the dozen Dole Sparklers. I had portion control issues all week, so I am glad that nothing has changed, because it could have been real bad.

Moving forward into week 8: the main challenge for this week (as I interpreted it) is not to worry about our numbers as much. The inches, the pounds, the minutia. How do we make our goals quantifiable without resorting to the numbers?

Easy! I want to be alive to see my grandchildren. I want to be able to walk, to do things on my own, in five, ten, fifteen years.

I don’t want to be my mother.

Vanity-wise, I have a pair of jeans I’d like to fit, and a shirt I’d like to wear even just once more. Just to wear those clothes even for a day before I finally let them go (they’re a tad threadbare!). Those are my end-goals, sans numbers.

To get there:

I know, that last one was really not a responsible choice for someone trying to eat healthier and get fit… but better have one or two bad choices over a span of time, than constant bad choices all of the time. Once I’ve nailed the recipe to my personal liking (I’ve been tweaking) I’ll post it up.

Until next week – good luck! <|:^)

GOYB Week #7

Yes, I know. I’ve missed several weeks. I’m a bad witchy weight loser. I also haven’t been keeping up with 52Weeks, so it’s not just the flub I’m avoiding.

February has just not been a good month for anything, except work. Personally and through Belfire, a lot of work has been done and put out there into the world. I know I have to make changes to my life in order to start getting healthy, but I’ve also got commitments I can’t flake out on.


So, I’ve lost about two pounds (see-sawing) since I last updated, and about an inch and a half. I haven’t been keeping up with the host blog, either, so I’m not sure what the challenges have been.

My personal challenges have been fail since the last update; the food diary skipped out the window, I’ve had a few carbonated drinks (do I get less whuppin’ because they’re Dole Sparklers?), and practically dropped the exercise entirely. See? I said I was a bad witchy weight loser. <|x^P BUT I’ve tripled my water intake, and plan on quadrupling by the end of March. Why? Because that’ll be about what an average person drinks. I’ve managed to get up to six 8 ounce glasses a day, and I’ve cut the majority of ‘crap’ drinking (coffee, tea, high-fructose juices & soda) to a minimum.

Believe me, the caffeine headaches have been raging over here.

Goals for the remaining 4 weeks of the formal challenge:

We don’t have normal TV anymore as we purposely chose to have just Netflix, so I don’t have the weekly Biggest Loser as an inspiration boost. I’m considering tracking it down online, even if I just listen to it while I’m working, that’ll be something.

Does anyone know of any podcasts or the like, dealing with weight loss and getting fit?

Good luck this week!

(will link at the host blog once the week 8 post is up)

Spicy Rice & Beans

A while back, a friend modified a couple of recipes to create a semi-low-cal-possibly-vegetarian version of Red Beans & Rice.

I tried it once a long time ago – before she found a short-cut in Heinz beans – and while I’m getting off my broom, I thought we should give it a try again. Well, it’ll be the first time for the girls. With Artemis’ aversion to anything shaped like her nick-name (Bean), this could be an interesting meal! <|;-) Mel’s Spicy Rice & Beans

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked brown rice
3 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
3/4 cup water
2 cans Heinz Chili Beans (optionally drained & rinsed)

Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the rice and reduce heat to medium, to saute rice for a couple of minutes, stirring often.

Add the water, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, spices and the hot sauce. Cover pan and simmer on low for 40 minutes. Add beans, cook for a further 15 minutes or until rice is tender and beans are heated through.

Serve with cornbread, or warmed baguette.


(I don’t know how well this recipe would double or treble, but if someone tries it, let me know! I think it would be an excellent Lughnasadh dish…)