More Protein

Today was the first time in two months I was able to go outside for a walk. I  would have been out longer, but there were so many dogs out.  I didn’t mind the ones on a leash, but the ones that weren’t. I am going back to what was said years ago, “ if you don’t have anything nice to say – don’t say anything at all”. I may have walked longer. Well, I am glad I got in an hour.  

I got to thinking about what my doctor had said about me eating more protein and I’m like “I eat two eggs every morning and at least one dish with chicken in it once a week”. I thought that was enough, but I guess I was wrong.  

I like eating mostly veggies and fruit. The thought of eating more meat had me making faces. Then I found myself asking a question or two. Here are a few suggestions I got from Google:                                                                                  

  1. Hemp Seeds (2 Tbsp) Protein: 9 g  Calories: 164 calories = Raw foodie fan and superfood expert David Wolfe says hemp seeds are one of his favorite high-protein mix-ins—and for good reason. In addition to protein, they’re high in iron, magnesium, and omega-3s. Bonus: These mild, slightly nutty seeds pair well with just about everything.
  2. Tahini (2 Tbsp)Protein: 5.2 g Calories: 188 = While this paste of ground sesame seeds is normally an ingredient in hummus, it can add a wonderful creaminess and a dose of healthy fat and protein to smoothies, says Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of The One One One Diet (published by Rodale, which also publishes Prevention). “It’s also a great alternative if you can’t have nut butters.” One of Batayneh’s favorite combos: Tahini, milk, dates, and a mix of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Chia Seeds (2 Tbsp) Protein: 4.7 g Calories: 138 = Like hemp, protein-rich chia seeds can be added to any flavor imaginable. “These are crazy good for you,” says Kumai. “Just 2 Tbsp provides you with 40% of your daily value of fiber and five times the omega-3s of a quarter cup of walnuts.” Since they develop a gelatinous texture when added to liquids, they’re also a great way to thicken up a smoothie. 
  4. Pumpkin Seeds (2 Tbsp)Protein: 5 g Calories: 126 = Protein-rich pumpkin seeds are a favorite mix-in of Jennifer McDaniel, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They’re also loaded with magnesium, a key nutrient for strong bones and optimal muscle functioning. For a richer, nuttier flavor, try roasting them. They’re great blended with pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon—basically, fall in a cup!
  5. Avocado (½ cup) Protein: 2.3 g Calories: 192 = Avocado’s combo of healthy fats and protein can keep you full for hours. People who included half an avocado in their lunch had a 40% decreased desire to eat over a three-hour period compared to their desire after a standard avocado-less lunch, according to a 2014 Nutrition Journal study. Masters recommends pairing it with unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, dates, and spinach for a healthier take on the chocolate shake.

I only like two out of five items on this short list. Well, who doesn’t like avocados and pumpkin seeds? I will have to go try adding a few of the other items into my diet. I went and bought a mixer, so I can make smoothies, and take more steps to becoming a better me…

Bye IV Now, LD*

Coffee Comes First…

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I was about to start a short story, then I remembered I didn’t have my coffee. The coffee pot let me know it was ready to be poured. I thought I had turned the computer on to find something to watch, my fingers clicked onto my site, and who could pass up what they have already written? Then as I was scrolling down, a new idea popped into my head, and as I took in a deep breath. I realized I had better get my coffee while it’s still fresh and come back to my story. Hopefully it will come back to me. One cannot let a good pot of coffee go to waste.

Bye IV Now, LD*

Lost Without My Phone….

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I lost my phone a week ago. I didn’t realize how much I needed my phone until it was gone. I couldn’t even count the times I reached for my phone, before I remembered I no longer had a phone, and the only thing that gave me a little comfort was it got turned off within minutes when I realized it was gone.

It wasn’t just my games, but it was a way for me to let everyone know I am okay as well as for myself to reach out to family and friends to make sure they were okay as well.

I did reach out on fb, but not everyone is on fb. I am laughing, because a few people have referred to fb to a few words I care not to retype.

I am looking out at blue skies and thinking it’s time I get back to traveling. At least online. I believe I was in Maine last time, but I will double check. I will  also get back to learning how to start letting my creativity help me and my family as well as encourage  others to follow their dreams as well. It’s time to see if anyone likes my craft enough to pay for them?

I know one day I am going to have to go through all of my completed projects with their info, (size, color, how to care for them, and the amount I am going to charge for them) but for right now they are just my art work.

I also decided I didn’t want my online shop to just be my idea. I will have each item I am going to sell posted on my shopify account (where anyone can buy them) and also on my blog where anyone can request a project in a different color or size. 

I would even agree to stitch a granny square blanket, but that would cost a little more than my regular blanket due to the amount of time.

Oops, I got to talk (typing) and I need to get to traveling. I am off  to Massachusetts. I can’t wait to find out what this state is about and the things that they do there.

Bye IV Now, LD*

My Time..

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I never thought I would be the one who would be counting calories to lose weight. I lost over twenty pounds in three months, but my doctor isn’t impressed. I know losing two or three pounds a week may not be the best for everyone, but I am good at losing these unwanted pounds slowly.

There was a time when I lost a lot of weight quickly, enough where I could shop a few sizes smaller. The problem with that was – it came back so fast that I got depressed, and stopped working out altogether.

I am going to lose this weight, but I am going to do it my way. I am walking, dancing, and working  every day. Yes, I do have a sweet snack once in a while. It isn’t every day or even once a week, but when I have the taste for something sweet. I enjoy my treat.

I am at a stand still right now with my weight loss, due to a little pain, but I am not letting that stop me from doing chair aerobics. I believe as long as you are moving, and focus on the ending project it doesn’t matter how long you get there as long as you are fighting to cross that line.

I am a winner. I may have to cross that line last, but it’s my race and it’s my time. I also decided to start writing more about my craft, start building my confidence about it, and by the time I am ready to open up my shopify account. I will be ready to enjoy crossing that line as well…

Bye IV Now, LD*

Starting Over….

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I am Not sure when I lost track of “Me,” but somehow that is what I did. I was so proud of the 23 pounds I lost, but my doctor didn’t see it my way. I know she was explaining something important, but I was too upset to pay attention. Yes, that was beyond wrong.

That was a few days ago and I can either stay in the past or I can move on. I am looking ahead to a better me and leaving the old sad girl behind. I started a 25 push-up challenge for 30 days. I know I am a few days late, it was 25 this morning and another 25 before I have my last cup of water for today.

I have also stepped up on drinking water. Hot lemon water with a little honey, turmeric, and ginger makes drinking water a little easier. I may be cheating a little, but I am drinking more water. 

I am creating more and running out of space, it’s time to get to selling my projects. I also realized a few things?

  1. I enjoy creating crochet projects..
  2. I like to make something personal for anyone who likes homemade crochet items.
  3. I am NOT ALL ABOUT $$. Yes, I would like to have a little extra spending $$ in my pocket. The thing is I know there is a person on the other side of the computer screen and why not get that person in on their special items..

I am on the hunt for another anime while I work on my next project…..

Bye IV Now, LD*