Summertime Foodstuffs

by Christine on June 6th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Foodstuffs

This weekend we bought a new gas grill, and I am so excited about it! Our last grill busted up due to improper maintenance (aka: we left it outside and all the important parts rusted out). This grill is smaller and cheaper, but yowza, I kind of prefer it! It heats up faster and is perfect for grilling for 2-4 people.

The purchase of this new gas grill is going to help me a LOT with my diet. For starters, I’ll be eating at home a lot more now instead of going out to eat. Considering I eat maybe 80% of my meals outside of home, any amount of eating at home is really an improvement.

With my lapband, I eat a lot of meats. Granted, I don’t eat a lot of meat (2-3 ounces works just fine) but meat is still the staple of my meals. Grilling out is healthy and delicious!

We also went to the grocery store this weekend, which was a Big Deal. We average going to the grocery store once every month, can you believe that? That’s mostly because, again, we eat most of our meals out, but hopefully that will change now.

Also, I have a boatload of veggies growing in my garden. In just a few weeks I’ll have more food than I could possibly hope to eat. It’s going to be a wonderful, healthy summertime eating fiesta at my house!

Weight Update

This morning I weighed in at 128.0, so the weight is slowing coming back down after a temporary increase. I hope to keep this momentum up, just a wee bit. It makes me feel a lot better to be within my maintenance range though.

Weekend Update

I live in Upstate New York, and you know, we don’t get very many perfect days. I’m talking mid-80 degrees, low humidity, lots of sunshine. I call them “San Diego days.”  Well, Saturday and Sunday were Perfect Days, so what did I do? I spent my Saturday at work, indoors! BOOHOO!  Oddly enough I wasn’t too upset about this though, and I realized it is because I love my new job. I’m happy here, and so it isn’t too bothersome to spend my weekend catching up on work that needed to get done.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing household chores, cleaning, maintenace, landscaping, etc. I planted more veggies and weeded some gardens. We fixed the outdoor hose/spigot. We put together our new grill. I cleaned the garage. We did errands. I paid bills & sorted the paperwork on the counter. I went through the mountains of tupperware and threw out anything that didn’t have an associated lid (or threw out lids without an associated container). We watched a few movies, played a few games, read a book. I went for a bicycle ride, hauled bags of dirt around. That’s a lot of stuff considering I worked for 6 hours on Saturday!

Today is another Perfect Day, except it is a little humid. For my lunch break I went rollerblading. It was awesome.

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My garden is blooming!

by Christine on May 18th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I love this time of year! Every time I walk outside I see new flowers blooming and new little biddies emerging from the soil. I love it! Let me take you on a journey around the house.  Let’s start in the back yard!

In the back of the house I have my vegetable garden. It’s only about 2 feet deep, but it’s about 30 feet long. It doesn’t look like much in the spring, but by the autumn it is very impressive! This year I have the following veggies growing: cucumbers, corn, sunflowers, carrots, black beans, edamame beans, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, green onions, green peppers, red bell peppers, various types of lettuce, as well as my herb garden with plenty of dill, cilantro, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and mint.

Top left: My cucumbers sprouted! Top right: My beans sprouted!

Top left: green peppers with some mystery plant sprouting up next to it! What could that be?? Top right: Lettuce ready to eat!

Top left: more beans sprouting, in a nice little line!  Top right: Another mystery plant growing in my asparagus. What could it be?

Top: My herb garden. That’s thyme on the left, oregano in the middle, mint in the back, and rosemary in the front. I have a whole separate box growing nothing but cilantro and dill–my favorite summertime herbs!

When we bought our house, there were no plants here at all. I had a lot of work to do! I planted about 30 lilac twigs the first year, and they really have grown into great big bushes!  Tonight I went out and picked some lilacs for the house and my office.

That’s the basket I carry around with me in the evenings. I use it to pick veggies, herbs, and flowers for the house.

In the front of my house, I have more flower gardens. It’s actually a lot of square footage of flower bed space, and I’ve spent hundreds of dollars in the past five years planting bushes and perrenials to fill out the space.

Above is to the left of my front door.

Above, to the right of my front door, Part 1.

Above: More garden space, to the right of my front door.

Irises are some of my favorite, and the little ones are blooming already! I have a whole area in my back yard with lilacs and big purple irises that I didn’t even take pictures of. Those irises are not blooming yet.

Now, I have a wrap-around driveway, since I live on the corner of two streets. In the middle I have an “island” that is really quite sad. That is  my next project: in the next few weeks I am going to order some bricks to build a mini retaining wall. I want to expand this section, give it some definition, and clean it up so it doesn’t look quite so haphazard. Unfortunately I have a nasty little vine growing in the midst of this mess that is choking the hell out of my crab apple tree. I keep cutting it down and trying to pull the roots up, but it is more than I can handle.

I have some really pretty flowers blooming in my “island” as well!

So there you go…there are a few pictures of my garden. I’m sure I’ll post more  pictures in the coming weeks, especially as my vegetable garden takes off! I love watching my garden grow!

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