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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

An Update ...

Just a quick update and why I haven't been blogging lately. As you know I've been trying to lose weight and not being very successful at it at the moment. Anyway, I figured since I was having a hard time pushing myself to exercise and the fact that I love dogs, I decided to start volunteering at an animal shelter a few days a week. It keeps my mind off the food, so it helps me, and it helps the dogs by walking them and spending time with them.

I knew I'd enjoy working with the dogs because it doesn't matter what breed they are, I just love them. I was really worried I would have a hard time leaving them once there, and even though that part is hard, it's wonderful knowing that you are making their lives a little bit better in a way. I wasn't prepared for how much I would enjoy it. I absolutely love working with them. They are so sweet and you get to hear their stories. Makes you want to take them all home.

So, anyway, that's what I've been up to. I have lost a pound and a half. Not much but I'm working on it everyday. Well, not really, I'm working on it when I visit the dogs. But, that being said, it is getting me motivated to start to do more things and that's gotta be a good thing. Right? The more I get moving the more I want to move and hopefully it will get me kick started to get into some kind of exercise routine.

Heck! I don't even mind getting soaking wet like I did the other day to spend time with the dogs at the shelter. It's worth it. So, If you have some extra time to spare, maybe you can volunteer at your local animal shelter. I know some of you say well I can't do it because I won't want to leave them there. To that I say, just remember your doing it for them. It's better to spend time with them for a little while than none at all. And, who knows those of you who are trying to lose weight and get fit and healthy may just find yourself losing a little bit of weight in the bargain.

Here's just a couple sweet dogs at the shelter...

And, Woody...
but there are so many more. To see more at this shelter go here: Paws (photos taken by Paws)

Or visit your local shelter in your own area. All these animals are just waiting for loving homes.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Portobella Mushrooms and Exercise

Food: I just tried eating a hamburger on two large portabella mushrooms used as the bun, and I must say it was delicious. (I got this photo and some of the nutrition facts from this site.. What's Cooking America

These large mushrooms are excellent as the bun because they have 0% fat and only about 26 calories. A large mushroom from what I read on the Internet but can vary from site to site, has about 2 to 3 grams of fiber and about only 3 grams of carbohydrates. They are high in protein. So if you are watching carbs or calories they are wonderful. They are also great for people with diabetes who need to watch carbs.

The way I cooked mine up was to clean out the gills on the inside, then I put some butter in a skillet, browned them on both sides, and then added some apple cider vinegar to carmilize them a bit. It tasted great. You can also cook them by baking or grilling them too. Of course the butter I used will add some fat but it's better than eating a high carb roll. Next time I may try grilling or some other way of cooking them.

Exercise: I haven't been blogging much in the last week or so but hope to get back to it again like I was doing. As far as exercise I've been averaging about 2 to 3 days a week in the past several weeks. I'm feeling much better after my gall bladder surgery and I'm also hoping next week to exercise with some of my exercise tapes along with more walking. Next week is also the week I'll be going to take the training for volunteer at a animal shelter. I'm hoping by walking and spending time with the dogs it will help me lose some of this weight and get my mind off of food.

Recap: Also, I guess I missed week 16 of my postings all together and it's now week 17 on my journey to weight loss and getting healthy. As you can see not much has really changed much in my weight or exercise habits, but I keep moving along and I keep trying to change it. I can't believe that almost 4 months has gone by already since I said I was commiting to a year to change my eating and exercise habits and I'm basically still at the same weight I was when I started. This is a wake up call to get it together for me. What I've been doing so far isn't working right, so I need to change it. I will get back to you on that one.