Sunday, April 29, 2012

Food and weight .....

I haven't blogged about my weight or my blog for over a month now. So how have I been going.  To be honest .... up and down.

Because circumstances of the last five to six weeks have thrown me off balance a bit I am still down.  Today I weighed in at 74.1.  That 73 is just out of reach.  But I will get there.  

Everyday throws new challenges.  Just have to deal with them best I can. Anzac Day, night before, we were invited to friends house for a "holiday"  They have such a beautiful home with the best views of Rotorua.  We were thoroughly spoilt and pampered. The food was deliciously devine and I even partook in the lovely bread that was there.  Simply because it smelt so wonderful.  I did not feel guilty in the slightest because I knew it was not going to happen all the time.  The way I'm eating has become my way of life and if on occasion I divert from that then thats okay.  If I worried about it then it becomes a diet.  I fail at diets.  

I have had a few carbs in the past few weeks - not my choice but by necessity.  Spending time at the hospital at inopportune times means I have to fuel my body.  That is not easy with hospital food.  Our hospital now only has a cafe.  

I've eaten a few sandwiches because I have to eat.  I still tho try to make the best choice I can.   

Last night it was sandwiches.  Sitting and waiting in ER  Mr T and I were starting to get hungry. It's all that was left.  So nevermind.

Tonight is different.

I put a chicken in the crockpot this morning seasoned with Italian herbs.  It smells divine. 

When I got home I got our veges ready to go in for roasting.

 A little bit of everything.  Cauli, broccoli, butternup, mushrooms, all kinds of peppers, onions, kumara and courgettes.

So I'm still making the best choices for dinner and after all - who can complain eating this way!!!!


Hospital again ...

Our little munchkin visited the other night while his mum and dad went out.  He loves coming to visit nana as she always has treats.  But not until he's finished his dinner.

Yesterday saw us at the hospital again.  Not because of our new addition but because Mr T's finger was swolling up again and turning red.  Infection.....

So after waiting five bloody hours in the ER waiting room he was seen by a doctor straight away and admitted .... again.  More surgery and this time they are going to amputate a bit more and then sew it up which they didn't do the last time.

I just don't know what to expect from day to day.   While my frustration is at breaking point Mr T is so fed up.  He just wants it all over.  The past five to six weeks have been really difficult.  It seems like one step forward and five steps back.  Stress levels are mounting as we also have a business to run which is hard at the moment with Mr T not working.  We have so much on at the moment and one man down.  And it's not easy to find a good joiner.

Anyhow, I'm going to take a chill pill and just take one day at a time.  I'm taking a few days of work this week while Janelle has bubs.  So something to look forward to.

I've got a chicken in the crockpot for mine Josh's dinner tonight.  He wanted to come home and stay with me and help me.  We'll see how that pans out, lol.

right-o.  Off back to the hospital.

I bet you're wondering how I'm going with my food during all this.  Well, that's another post.  Might do it when I get back.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Really need to do this post ...

Because if I don't there will be just too much to share that I wouldn't know where to begin.

Mr T:  ended back in hospital last week.  When he went to the clinic for his check up his finger was badly infected.  So back to theatre where they removed his nail and bone.  They left the wound opened for the infection to heal - he was pumped up on antibiotics and pain killers.  He was told he needed another op once the infection cleared.  For four days he was prepped for surgery every night and every morning it was always going to be tomorrow.  Then Monday morning just as I was leaving for work he phoned and said come and get me.  What????  I didn't understand.  Apparently they'd already removed the top of the finger and were just waiting to see how the infection was healing otherwise they'd have to go back and remove more of the finger.  Would have been nice to have known that in the beginning.  Anyhow he is home now and his pain level has gone down to between 0 - 3 which is great.  Drs said he should get a little better every day.  Hallelujah.  it's great to have him home. 

How am I.  Exhausted.  On a scale of 1 - 10 I'm sitting on 9.  I've spent my time between work, hospital and home. I have badly neglected myself. I'm quite run down.  At the weekend I made myself a big batch of pumpkin soup so I had something to eat when I got home from the hospital.   At 9 at night you don't feel like eating much so it did the trick.  My routine is all out of kilter and I'm just longing to get it back.  

I managed to get my lawns mowed last Sunday before I went up to the hospital and that was a great relief.  I hate long lawns.  Especially now I'm the lawnmower.  Thank god now that its cooler they won't grow as fast.

I'm looking forward to taking things a little bit easier from now on.  I really have to because grandbaby no. 3 arrives any day now.  Tuesday is D day as Janelle is booked in for a ceasar if bubs hasn't arrived.  That I'm really looking forward to.

Going to put my feet up as I'm watching Lucas for a couple of hours tonight and he's full on.

I'll be more positive next time.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I'm making a list .....

A shopping list that is.   My life has been pretty topsy-turvey for the last couple of weeks.  Prior to Col having his accident I'd been off work for a couple of days with a tummy bug.   So I really haven't done a decent shop for nearly 3 weeks.  I've just been grabbing things as I need them.  This ends up a bit more costly.

So with the long weekend coming up I want to stock up my cupboards and fridge and also go through some recipes that I haven't tried before and make sure I have all the ingredients.  Nothing like having a well stocked kitchen.

I think first impressions of following a low carb diet for some people is the cost factor.  This I can appreciate.  But I've always been aware of how much my grocery bill is and I'm always on the look out for bargains.

To be honest I think my grocery bill has gone down.  While I may be buying more protein items and fresh veges, there are an awful lot of foods I'm just bypassing altogether.

My main staples are:

Olive Oil.

cheeses - colby, mozzarella and parmesan, at least a tray of eggs, streaky bacon, shaved ham, frankfurters, butter cream, sour cream, cream cheese.

Fresh veges :
( I just love spending time in the vege shop now- we are eating so much more fresh veges than before)

Broccoli, cauliflour, pumpkin, buttercup, kumera silverbeet, red cabbage, courgettes, parsnips, carrots, mushrooms, red onions, capsicums,  lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, etc. 

I will go two to three times a week to vege shop to top up.

The only fruit I buy is banana's and some apples for Col and Josh, maybe some grapes.

Meat.  Well I buy the majority of meat in bulk from our Mad Butcher which I find is really good.  Then I just bag it up and freeze it.  We have a lot of chicken, not as much red meat as before which is surprising.  I find I can't eat as much anymore.  The biggest shock is Mr T.  Apart from lamb he eats chicken the most too and sometimes prefers it.  He also loves my stirfrys and roasted veges.

I don't buy potatoes anymore. Thank god - they are so expensive.  I'll buy a couple loose if we're having a roast for Josh and Col.  Apart from snack packs for school treats and two loaves of bread for the guys that's my shopping list.  Bar the essentials of course.  It seems like a lot but it's not really.  I can spend $250 one week and $180 the next.  That is including my meat.   And I have enough food to feed three of us, or six of more of us.  My extras are having at least a pork or a lamb roast every month which ever happens to be on special at the time.

I use to spend an awful lot more a week on groceries.  I always use to waste a lot of food as well.  I'd end up throwing a few things out.  Now I use everything.  Which is why I go to the vege shop so often.  I only buy enough for about three days, so its fresh.

I rabbited on a bit so I'll shut up now.

Before I go this is what I've had for breakfast this week.  Very yummy and very filling.  And so easy to make.  I got it off one of the primal blogs.

This is so yummy and filling.

Great if you feel like something savoury.


Happy . . .

Life is great, things are going way better than expected ( I hope I don't bloody jinx it)  we are good, we are happy, we are relaxed....