How did that get posted?

So, if you were surprised to see me write a post you were not the only one. I was surprised when the last one about Trim Healthy Mama got posted….

Then I realized that I had written it about 4 or 5 years ago and must have moved it out of draft and put a date Way Out There Date so I could decide whether to post it or push it out again. Well, the Way Out There Date came and gone and it auto posted. I haven’t looked at the blog for months.

I have to admit that I still think Trim Healthy Mama makes sense and I have a couple of the cookbooks, but I have been very randomly cooking that way. Life and family desires have gotten in the way.

The weird part is that on Tuesday I was talking to a friend and saying that I wanted to add more Trim Healthy Mama recipes to our menu so it was actually a nice reminder to read how I was eating at that time

I also have realized that I am allergic to ragweed, which is related to stevia, so I have been having a hard time finding a sweetener that I want to use.

Have you tried Wholesome Allulose Granulated? If so, leave a comment since I have heard about it, but haven’t tried it yet.

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Weight loss & Trim Healthy Mama

Earlier on the blog I said I had lost some weight.  I wish had I taken measurements before I started, but I forgot.  I can tell you that I have gone down one to two pant sizes and even had to remodel some of my shirts smaller.  A few grocery bags worth of clothes were donated since I couldn’t easily make them smaller.

I have had a few people ask me how I have done it and the big answer (which won’t be popular) is I have greatly cut down on the number of carbs I eat (sugar including from fruit, flour, etc).  I haven’t lost as many pounds on the scale as I would like, but I have definitely tightened up my body.

One thing I am trying to follow is Trim Healthy Mama – have you heard of it?  Recently I made the Tuscan Cream Chicken from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook (page 72) without the sun-dried tomatoes, but with extra spinach and it was a hit with my family.  My family ate rice with the dish and all of us ate steamed Zucchini as a side (our Zucchini plants have abruptly decided it is time to provide a zucchini a day).

One of Trim Healthy Mama’s main points is to eat non-starchy vegetables so we have been eating a lot of lettuce, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans and even cauliflower, which I have mostly eaten as ‘cauli rice’ or as a pizza crust.

What I have greatly cut back on are the baby carrots  and fruit.  I used to eat at least baby carrots and  fruit every day at lunch – not anymore!

Another thing I realize is I feel a lot better if I eat at least a little protein at every meal so that is something I do every day.

I have also realized that one diet plan doesn’t work for everyone and Trim Healthy Mama doesn’t remove any food group, but you try to eat the healthier version of a food group and to mix up the meals.

Summer eating has been a little harder, but I have only gained a couple of pounds back at this time and my current clothes still fit me.  My goal is to go back to meal planning and get back to the low carb meals, at least for me, and rice, etc that can be added to the rest of the families meals.

What meal plan have you been eating lately?  Later – Heather

 

Happy (delayed) New Year

I went to make a comment on another blog and had to enter my WordPress password. I realized that I haven’t been on here for a while when I wasn’t even sure if I remembered my password. Wow, I actually got it right the first time.

I have some projects that I have been working on so I will write some posts and actually post a photo.

Cleaning up the blog

So, one of the things on my too long mental To Do List was clean up the blog – delete old posts, etc.

So, if you read it (does anyone read it??), you might find some changes since I was ruthless today.

Oh, and as of right now I am debating about closing down the blog in June.  I want to focus on important items and this one hasn’t been very high on the list by the length of time between posts and how many drafts I still have in the pile…

So, comment if you actually read this and would care if it closes down.  The minimum I will be doing is:

  • randomly post
  • maybe post some photos of projects I have completed so I have a record of them also

Reasons to be on Facebook

So, I had someone a couple of months ago tell me to get off Facebook.  Their reason was they didn’t want to see what their cousin ate for dinner.  I tried to tell her that my friends usually don’t post about that and there was other things on Facebook, but I got ignored.

Then earlier this month someone else told a group of people to get off Facebook.  Her reasoning was there wasn’t anything worthwhile on it.

Wrong!  At least for me, I have multiple things that I follow on Facebook that are worthwhile.

Here are some of my general examples of the type of pages or groups I follow:

  • local fire and weather
  • local community events
  • garage sales, Facebook Marketplace
  • hobbies I am interested in – sewing, etc
  • local Zumba instructor’s page – then we know if the class schedule has been changed and so we can learn the meaning of new songs
  • new InstaPot, etc recipes
  • stores that I frequently go to
  • etc, etc

If you looked I am guessing that you would find pages that interest you too.

Also, in the last month I commented on a grocery stores post and ended up winning a $5 gift card.  If I hadn’t been on Facebook there would have been no way for me to win the gift card.

So, are you on Facebook?

Later – Heather

Unwanted calls?

Long time no post.  I do have a valid excuse, but that isn’t what this post is about.

So, in the last couple of days we have gotten multiple calls from

‘DSCNT CBL SRVCS’ 702-359-7676

Every call we had sent to the voicemail and they never left a message.  After a few of the calls I did a Google search and found out that some people were getting 7 – 10 calls a day from this number!  Ouch.  So, I went into our phone system and blocked it.

Then, I got an email from FTC titled ‘How to Stop Unwanted Calls’.  Since I know everyone isn’t signed up for the FTC emails I figured I would attach a link to their website that gives options on how to stop the unwanted calls.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-stop-unwanted-calls?utm_campaign=unwanted-calls&utm_content=text-link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Let me know if the link and advice helps you.

Later – Heather

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Long time no post…  I just saw a photo of a Christmas present I made so I figured I would do a quick post.

Who else has gotten into using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)?  There are many videos on YouTube, individual blogs, etc so I won’t repeat how to do it, but I will show you the first project that I did for a family member.

heat transfer vinyl, HTV, present

first HTV shirt

The lighting wasn’t great, but the trees are a solid green.  I used my Sizzix hand die cutting machine and some of the dies I had for making scrapbooks.  I had to play around with which way the HTV needed to be placed on the die since I wasn’t able to electronically flip my text.

The shirt is still being worn, but I have had to touch up a few of the letters with an iron.  I am still working on the correct amount of time, etc that they should be ironed for, etc.

Since this original shirt I have made eight more shirts for different family members.  So far I haven’t heard that the shapes or letters have fallen off.

What is your latest craft project?

Later – Heather

 

Instant Pot recipes

Hi.  Yes, I am still here, but have been spending more time living life and working on projects than updating the blog.  I catch myself thinking ‘I should make a blog post about this’ so one of these days I will write about some of my current projects.

Just wanted everyone (anyone?) to know that I just added the links to some of my family’s current favorite Instant Pot recipes to the ‘Links to Instant Pot Recipes’ page.  Tonight I cooked the Pork Chops and they were very good.

Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe?  If so, please share the link.

Later – Heather

Why we should all consider taking a midlife gap year — ideas.ted.com

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When Caroline Harper suddenly found herself jobless in her mid-40s, she decided to step off the corporate ladder and travel to all the places she’d always wanted to go, from Antarctica to Egypt. Here’s how it changed her life — and her career. Caroline Harper loved her work negotiating big contracts in the oil and…

via Why we should all consider taking a midlife gap year — ideas.ted.com

I read this article and definitely agree with it.  Maybe if you can’t take a gap year you could at least do something different on your next vacation which would allow you to think about what you would want to do in the future.  As I have been known to say, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up 😉

If money was no object, what job would you like to have in the future?

Later – Heather

Focus – Word for 2019

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

I have decided to make some changes to the blog, but I am still mentally working out the details so it will be spelled out in a future post.

Do you select a Word of the Year?  Last year I picked ‘Be’ as my word.   ‘Be’ fit what I needed, whether I knew it or not on January 1st, 2018.

This year I decided on Focus since I want to focus on:

  • my family
  • my health
  • on projects
    • Hopefully I will finish some projects so my active ‘partly done’ list is smaller at the end of 2019 than now.  This doesn’t mean I won’t add new ideas to the list, but I have to get some of the partly finished projects sitting around here done and provide some free space – physically and mentally.
  • etc – I know other things will come up that will need my Focus for at least a short period of time.

One thing I am trying this year is to fill out a planner again.  I have tried to use a bought planner in previous years and have failed.  Then I tried a Bullet Journal for a while, but gave up since I was constantly having to rewrite tasks from week to week since they were not getting done.

So, this year I created a three month planner (to start) of my own design.  It is a combination of a regular planner and a Bullet Journal.  I will let you know at the end of March what worked and what I will be changing for the next three months.

Until next time, Heather