If someone complains about baking withdrawals don’t you know she wants to be encouraged to bake, not have you point out that there may be a link between no baking and weight-loss???? However accurate that suggestion may be. I don’t know, you think you’ve got friends……;-) Only joking, you know I love you really!
I’ve been trying to declutter my bookshelves lately, donating lots of books to various charity shops. I think I’ve pretty much run out of ‘disposable’ books now – and still have loads left. I’m not going too overboard though, the last time I really cut back (to facilitate a house move) I ended up re-buying a full set of second hand Agatha Christies, because some sacrifices just aren’t worth making… anyway, I took the penultimate bag of books into town this morning on my walk, along with some library books I was returning. I couldn’t believe how off balance I felt with my rucksack loaded up with bulky books! I went along the disused railway track, and had to hold onto a wooden fence to get myself up onto the embankment because I kept wanting to tip over backwards! It was fine once I made it up there, but it was a bit of a struggle for a minute there! Walking through the Castle grounds was nice today, there were quite a few happy bouncy dogs around, and as Roxie said yesterday, nothing is so good at making you smile!
Mid-afternoon I tried to feel energetic, and went on the elliptical walker for 40 mins. I did my favourite program – called Glute Burn – which mixes up forward movement and backwards to supposedly target the glutes. Don’t really know why as M has mentioned mine are doing just fine from all the walking ;-)
Breakfast: Wonderful!!! I decided to make peach melba cottage cheese griddle cakes – griddle cakes flavoured with vanilla, served with tinned peaches and raspberry coulis. It was delicious. I must admit I like these griddle cakes better than normal pancakes, and they have protein as well, so I should just always make them. I made them with 60% plain white flour, 40% spelt flour and they were very tender. More tomorrow! (The base recipe I adapted suggested reheating in a microwave for a few seconds or on a plate over a pan of simmering water). As I didn’t eat many of them today, I also had some all bran with more peaches to make sure I got the fibre I need!
Lunch: A slow cooker chilli made with quorn mince and a mixture of black and kidney beans. I didn’t have my usual lazy package mix for the spices so I used some chilli powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, basil & oregano, plus garlic and red wine vinegar. It was very tasty but I was in the mood for slightly more spice so I added a little sriracha hot sauce as well. It was served with brown rice, and a salad with avocado, and one babybel light cheese.
Dinner: Chunky vegetable soup with home-made spelt bread (the one I added pesto to) and LC. I’d like your opinion on which of these pictures you prefer. One of them is ‘as-taken’ using artificial overhead lighting (not flash); the other was taken in natural light and enhanced using Picasa (just read about it on Hollaback Health and wanted to experiment)
Above, artificial light & no touch up
And this one ^ was lightened up by Picasa from this:
Snacks: Protein smoothie, Nak’d Coco Loco bar on the move, and a bowl of Greek yoghurt with honey topped with some We Are Bear Tropical Crunch granola.
Weight: 10 st 0.1lbs (140.1lbs)