Thursday, February 3, 2011


Since many of you are tired of snow, here's a nice refreshing Spring picture!

Here are a few little tidbits from my week. Is that a word? Anyway, here they are:

1. Yesterday's temperature was 74 degrees. :o) Today it will be 48:o( Even though it was very windy I ventured forth on my old walking route during my lunch break. Days in February that are decent for walking are few and far between, but they will be more frequent as we creep toward Spring. Before I know it, it will be too hot to walk at noon!

2. Small things: Ever think some of the things you do aren't important? Or that making baby steps toward a goal isn't worth it? This Bible verse jumped out at me yesterday morning:Zechariah 4:10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

3. I haven't had a McDonald's sweet tea all week and I'm ok with that. Its just a matter of getting out of that habit.

4. After doing some research on the internet I was disappointed to discover that a woman of my age, height, weight and activity level needs a surprisingly low number of calories to maintain her weight. No wonder I have been gaining weight because I definitely have been exceeding that number on a daily basis!

5. A really great website for healthy living is LIVESTRONG, sponsored by Lance Armstrong. I love it and so I signed up for the free version. A really nice feature is "My Plate" which calculates the number of calories for any food you enter and tells you how many more calories you can have that day to meet your weight loss goal. It takes into account any activity as well. Yesterday's 20 minute walk allowed me 120 more calories of food for the day! I need to eat 1154 calories in order to lose 1.5 pounds a week. If I exercise I can eat more or it will help me lose more. My choice.

6. I'm still doing my menu planning, but this week my hubby and I have been kick starting our healthier eating plan, so we aren't eating any big meals at night. We have been eating some cereal, baked chicken, baked potatoes, green beans, etc. Next week I plan to do more detailed menu planning of healthy, light meals.

7. I have stuck to my plan of machine quilting at least one hour each night. I am making good progress and am still hoping to be ready to bind the quilt this weekend. I am excited to finish "Farmhouse Magic" and am excited to start a new project too!

I hope your Thursday is nice and warm!


Rita said...

So neat to know about the Healthy Living website. We have been cutting back on our evening meals too. I try to have a small piece of meat because it seems that is where my body gets energy. I have realized over time that I need to eat smaller portions especially because of my age. I have been very hungry for sweets lately mostly Payday candy bars. :) Just think with one hour a night your quilt is nearly finished. Enjoy your warm day today it is in the single digits here. Oh, I wanted to mention Trax. They fit on tennis shoes. I just keep a pair of shoes with Trax on them. They really help your feet to grip the snow or ice when wanting to walk on a cold day. Have a good day today.

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,
Brrrrr It is cold here. We are gearing up for snow later today. I too am ready for spring.I look forward to seeing your new menu plan.
I love seeing your day.
Stay warm.

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

If you add more fruit, veggies and whole grains to your diet - you can actually eat more and still lose weight. I began eating basically a plant based diet Sept 2010 and have lost 39 pounds so far and I am not starving all the time. A calorie of junk food is not equal to a calorie of whole foods. Good luck!
Lisa :O)

Deanna said...

You are brave. I think I would adjust my weight loss goal to fewer pounds a week. Good luck, though. I lost only about 15 pounds last year, but what a difference it made.

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