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Those First Five Pounds

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am quite overweight. In fact, I need to lose about 30lbs to be at a healthy BMI. Thankfully, I haven’t gained any weight in the past eighteen months, but I haven’t lost any either.

One of this week’s prompts over at Mama’s Losin’ It asks me what is sabotaging my plans of losing five pounds. Though five pounds isn’t even enough to get my BMI under 30, every journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. So what’s keeping me from losing those first few pounds?

Let me for once not go into the details of my disordered eating habits. I have written many times abut my tendency towards emotional eating and bingeing, but this does not seem to be the only factor keeping me from dropping those first five pounds. Of course, weihgt loss requires self-control, and this is exactly what I lack during a bingeing episode. However, doesn’t everyone have times when they lose control over themselves? Also, I’ve not binged in a few weeks and yet haven’t lost any weight. Could it not be the simple habit of eating too much over an extended period of time and not getting my butt off the chair that is truly keeping me from losing any weight?

I don’t check food labels when I get something to eat. I don’t count calories. Now I’m not advocating obsessing over calories, but some awareness is essential for weight loss. I habitually think that foods are less calorie-rich than they actually are. This doesn’t just go for binge foods like candy, where I can easily exceed 2000 calories in one binge. I was shocked one day when my husband and I went to McDonald’s for lunch and I had downed 1000 calories with what I considered a small meal. Like, a burger, small serving of fries and a small milkshake. Yes, I do know milkshakes are not healthy, but I seriously didn’t know they were that high on calories. My husband warned me that I shouldn’t eat 1000 extra calories everyday or I’d gain over 100lbs in a year. The truth is, I probably exceed the number of calories I burn by at least 500 almost everyday.

I also don’t exercise nearly enough. I get fitness-focused physical therapy once a week and go to the gym once a week for 45 minutes. That’s not enough. In addition, I should be going on the elliptical or stationary bike at least twice during the week. I did this faithfully for a while, but have been too lazy to do this lately. I do go for walks, but not as often as most people do.

Now that I review this post, it’s a miracle I am not over 200lbs already. I went to the gym this morning, so I’m not sure it’s healthy to go on the elliptical now. Then again, I didn’t disclose how much I ate today and am not going to go into detail on it either (hint: 720 calories for lunch). It’s too bad writing about weight loss won’t get me to drop those extra pounds.

Mama’s Losin’ It

The Year in a Word

A prompt I came across asked us to sum up our year in a phrase, but I’m choosing a word. Creative. When choosing a word for 2014, I chose “self-care”. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to follow along with this theme much this year. I gained more weight (I’m obese), had a really hard time sticking to my exercise routine (or non-routine), and any attempts to start adoptig a healthier lifestyle ended in a few days. I also haven’t made much progress in therapy. Having been diagnosed with BPD in 2013, I had hoped 2014 could be the year of finally finding appropriate treatment. It wasn’t. My antipsychotic medicaiton was upped in late 2013, but unfortunately it had to be upped last week again.

But the year was positive in some other ways, and those things are what causes me to choose “creative” as my word for the year. Early in the year, I chose not to invest much in my old hobby of cardmaking anymore. I am still part of a few cardmaking groups, but had to let go of my commitments on all group sometime this year.

However, I did pick up several new hobbies, including jewlry-making and polymer clay. I did recently start up cardmaking again.

Creative day activities also started to take a place in my week this year. I stopped going to one of the crafty day activity places in late 2013 because the stress of having to wait for the car to pick me up and drive me there and the shortage of staffing made it too hard for me. Fortunately, the day activity room attached to the long-term adult units in my institution (on which I reside) opened its doors in late 2013 too and activities took full effect early this year. I have sometimes had a hard time going there, but I have persevered. As a result, I’ve been able to create quite a few nice things. Below is a picture of a necklace I recently made.

Necklace

I’m still thinking, but I might just choose “creative” as my intended theme for 2015 too.

Birthday

My birthday is over. Now I’m 28 and it’s back to normal life I guess. The entire week was really largely about my birthday and the memories it triggers for me. That’s why I’m linking up with Word of the Week with my word for this week being “birthday”.

I wrote already earlier this week that it’s 28 years since I entered the world and the neonatal intensive care unit. When they came to visit today, my parents gave me a CD by Jan Henk de Groot with music on it about the singer’s son, who spent a large part of his first year in hospital because of a birth defect. My mother said it’s appropriate, and I agree. Incidentally, a few days ago I saw there’s a group for PTSD related to NICU experience on Facebook. It’s for parents, of course, and, while I applied, I may’ve been denied.

My sister already visited last week and brought some nice presents: a T-shirt, storage bins and bottles. The bins were intended for herbal tea, but I stored cereal in one of them, then the bin fell from a shelf and my entire floor was covered in cereal. The bottles are for blending massage oils or lotions in. I have a collection of essential oils already and got sweet almond oil, which is a carrier oil, from my sister, too. In addition to the CD, my parents gave me a nice collection of glass beads for my jewelry-making.

My birthday itself was largely a day like any other. At the acitivity room, I made a collage with butterflies, hearts and flowers, which are both things that make me happy and symbolize things I wish for myself for the coming year: love, transformation and bloom. My husband came at 3:30 PM to pick me up and drive us to the city, where we went shoppping for a skirt for me and went to eat out. I can judge from the skirt size that I’ve gained a lot of weight lately. Not good. I really need to look back at my theme for this year, which was self-care, and make sure I start eating more healthfully. Tomorrow.

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Greek (or Turkish) Kofta

When I lived in an independence training home, I learned to cook. There were a few dishes I could cook independently at the end. I will attempt to share these on my blog. Some I cooked from fresh ingredients, while with others, I used packaged foods. I have started to make an attempt at (blogging about!) healthy eating. I’m not likely to ever go all the way on an eating lifestyle, but I do try to at least educate myself about what I’m eating.

Kofta is a Greek or Turkish lamb mince recipe, although I’ve always used beef mince. When googling for recipes in English to find the English names of spices and such, I found that kofta can be served on pitas. I usually use a store-bought package of rice and spice and gravy mixtures and add tomatoes, zucchinis and bell peppers, and of course the minced meat. However, when making kofta with my husband, we discovered that there is peanut in one of the mixes, to which my husband is allergic. We decided to mix the spices ourselves. I can’t remember exactly which spices we used, so I looked up the ingredients of the Knorr mix, which I usually use, and removed what seemed to be unnecessary additives (or things that didn’t appeal to me and for which I was too lazy to look up the English words, LOL). This recipe contains the fresh spices, but you can of course buy a store-bought mixture too.

Prep time: 30 minutes.
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 to 3

Ingredients


  • 300 gram minced meat

  • Kofta spice mix:


    • Breadcrumbs

    • 1 shallot, very finely chopped

    • 1 garlic clove, crushed

    • 1 teasppon cumin

    • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Glaze mix:


    • Small can of tomato puree

    • 1 teaspoon cumin

    • 1 teaspoon thime

    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • 300 gram rice

  • 1 zucchini

  • 2 bell peppers

  • 400 gram (canned) tomatoes

Method


  • Slice the zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes. If you bought canned tomatoes, here at least you can buy them diced.

  • Mix the minced meat and the spice mix. Mix until well combined, using your hands.

  • Divide the mince meat mixture into small portions and roll these into ball or sausage shapes.

  • Cook the rice for ten minutes.

  • Fry the meatballs or sausages until they’re ready. This in my experienece takes about 10-15 minutes, but may take longer if your meatballs/sausages are larger.

  • Add the zucchini and bell peppers. Cook for 5 minutes.

  • Add the tomatoes, glazing and 200 ml water. Cook until thick enough.


The Knorr package says you need to serve the kofta and the rice separately, but I actually love them combined.