16.8.09

Greetings, earthlings!

Good evening, from wet and lovely Dawson City, Yukon!

Our RV park has Wi-Fi, and Amber has graciously let me use her laptop briefly (as mine is currently all in pieces in Hubbin's office), so I thought I'd let everyone know that I'm alive and well!

I know how worried you must all have been!!

Okay, stop laughing.

Fine, I'll wait.....










You done? Great!

Anywho, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm having a great time, and probably an unhealthy amount of sugar, which is absolutely wonderful. I've also been walkin plenty, which has been good, although my knee is starting to protest. We also, on our way up, stopped at the Five-finger rapids lookout, and proceeded down several long flights of stairs, and a bit of a trail, which then meant going back UP that all... And I did all of it!!

And I think I only died briefly!

Anywho, we're hoping to do some walking tomorrow out near the Tombstone campground, but that will be both weather- and knee-dependent.

Hope everyone else is having as good a time as, and much better weather than, we are!

13.8.09

Confidence Created.

My review went really well. I am SO happy!!

(Also, 8 hrs until I see Amber!!)

Creating Confidence...

Today is my Employee Performance Evaluation day. It's like your birthday, but no presents, and you get to hear what you've been doing WRONG all year!

So today, I need confidence, and I've taken some steps to manufacture that confidence... It's rather along the lines of fake it 'til you make it, but if it helps, it's worth it.

I've painted my toenails (btw, taking nail polish off toenails with one of those little containers that you plunge your finger into to take nail polish off? Humiliating, and yet, greatly challenging.), am wearing cute, peep toe shoes. My hair is straight, and I'm wearing a necklace, ring, and earrings from my lovely husband. My perfume? Aromatics Elixir, of which I got a sample. To me, it is my 'grown-up' perfume.

My dress?

Hot, hot red.

And of course, the best thing for bringing confidence into your psyche...

Pretty, matching underwear and bra!

Wish me luck, folks... But not too much, as I'm already feeling PRETTY confident!

7.8.09

Cookies = WW Friendly?!

Wait, what? How could a COOKIE be a weight watchers friendly item?!

Especially.....

A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE?!

That's right, folks... Tonight, I baked cookies. And then I 'recipe-builder'-ed them out, and it worked out to ONE POINT FOR ONE COOKIE!! (Or, in the case of how I might have eaten them last night, 7 points for 5 cookies. That is NOT bad, folks!!)

So many people believe that homemade cakes, cookies, etc, when made with a normal recipe, are horrible points suckers... They have several cups of flour, and *GASP* real, undiluted, fatty-fat-fat BUTTER!!!!

But, and this is especially true for cookies, it's all about portion control! When you make a batch of cookies, you make a LOT of cookies for that bit of butter, so the points, calories, fat, are split up into much smaller amounts than you think.

So here is my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I used last night. I'll note where I made a couple of healthy changes, which still made for DELICIOUS cookies!!

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Better Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (original recipe called for 1 cup, but suggested underneath that you could cut down the butter. I tried it, and still had wonderful cookies!)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/8 cup whole-wheat flour (the recipe called for 2 1/4 cups white flour, but I find that subbing 1/2 whole wheat flour makes pretty much NO difference to the taste, and actually adds a nice little bit of texture.)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (the recipe called for a full, 2-cup bag. I found that even halving the amount of chocolate chips, we ended up with lovely, chocolatey cookies. Also, the recipe called for 1 cup of walnuts, which I find totally un-necessary.)

1. Pre-heat oven to 375. Prepare baking sheets. (I like to line them with parchment paper, which saves on the dishes)

2. Cream butter and sugars until smooth.

3. Beat in egg and vanilla until all incorporated.

4. Sift in baking soda, salt, and flour, and mix on low until incorperated.

5. Fold in chocolate chips.

6. Drop by the tablespoon onto a prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.

7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. (I actually found I was baking them for about 12 minutes, but I had my oven set to 350, because I use dark cookie sheets.)

8. Remove from baking sheet to cooling rack.

9. Enjoy with a glass of milk!

I made about 68 cookies with this recipe, but could have gotten 70 had it not been for some... erm... dough sneaking on mine and my husband's part...

6.8.09

Confession is good for the soul, right?


Alright, I'm having a problem...

I'm getting so darn tired of tracking!!
And to make matters worse, I need to be writing down everything I eat for my dr, because *dun dun dunnnnnnnnn* I have high cholesterol. And I have for a few years now. My doctor wants to know whether or not he should put me on meds for it, as, strangely enough, he doesn't want me to die... Crazy, eh?

The problem?

I haven't been tracking since monday, when, at a bbq, I nibbled my way through more points than I wanted to count. And then tuesday, since I wasn't really counting anyway, I might have mowed my way through a bag of maltesers... They're mostly air though, right? :oP

So, why am I telling you guys this?

Because I know when I've been bad, and I don't WANT to be complacent!!

I also posted on the GDT about this, because I want to be accountable, and keep going with this. I got lazy, and I wanted to ignore the high cholesterol, and I didn't feel like doing anything, but I'm back!

I've tracked, now, and I've written it down... I'm going to need 2 pages per day! Man alive, I eat a lot of food, when you break it down!!