I Prefer……

I prefer not to get stabbed in my finger with a knife. Whether or not I wanted it, it happened anyway. I was happily cutting my tomato when the next thing I know the knife goes through it and into my finger. I was holding the tomato in the air in one hand and cutting from the top to the bottom in the other.  Food safety tip: If you are going to cut something, lay it down on a cutting board or something solid.

I ran cold water on my finger until it stopped bleeding. I thought I heard a little laughter coming from my tomato or even the knife. But that’s ok, lesson learned. I saw just how easy it is to get hurt on a simple act. But the tomato was very good along with my cottage cheese. When I move on to cucumbers, I’ll remember to go slow and easy with a knife.     via Daily Prompt: Prefer


I’ll admit, I’m not the greatest at keeping myself hydrated. I’ll work out, take a few sips of water and be done. That’s not good, the body needs to be hydrated to stay healthy. We’ve all heard that drinking 8 glasses of water is the recommended amount per day. The only problem with that is everybody is different.

I don’t drink eight glasses of water a day. I drink maybe a cup of juice in the morning, a few swigs of water from my water jug throughout the day, and 22 oz of water at work. If I feel thirsty I’ll slam another 22 oz of water. But you can also get your hydration from foods.

Celery is 96% water and provides sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Watermelon is 95% water and rich in vitamin C. Cucumbers are 95% water and provides calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. Strawberries are 92% water and rich in potassium. Bell Peppers are 92% water and rich in vitamin C.

The human body is made up of over 60% of water. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Yeah, that sounds like a really good reason to drink water.

I know people say they don’t like water. Or they have to have some type of flavor in it (usually lemon). It’s understandable that people may not like water. After all, there are so many types of drinks to choose from. It will do your body good to slowly introduce water to it.  Try drinking a cup of water a day as a way getting to know it (hahahahahahaha). Over time you’ll get used to it and may even want more water.

The bottom line is this; when it comes to getting healthy, there are going to be a lot of changes that are going to happen. I want to lose weight so besides working out I have to up my intake of water. Why? Because the body is getting rid of it when I sweat. I do feel better when I drink it. The best advice I can give when it comes to drinking water is find out what works for you. Your body will let you know.

Pouring glass of water from plastic bottle on blue background

I didn’t Expect this…..

I did my work out today and thought it would be like any other workout. Maybe I would get half an hour in on my elliptical. Since I found the chair exercises on YouTube, I did the stretches for eight minutes. I guess my body really needed it because I felt them. I started my regular workout and didn’t think I would make it even 20 minutes. I was getting tired. But not only did I make it to 48 minutes, I had actually felt pretty good afterward. Sometimes things happen in a way you just don’t expect. Sometimes things are even better.  via Daily Prompt: Expect


I got up this morning because I had to help my sister. Her car needed brakes and she needed to take it in by 8 am. Hopefully, it could be done in time for her to go to work. Since I work second shift, I’m not usually up that early. I drag myself out of bed, go to the bathroom, and finally throw on some clothes.

She calls me to make sure I’m awake (oh yeah). I walk outside to my car and notice how bright it is. When you’re a vampire used to getting off work at night, the sun can get to ya. I marvel at the color of the leaves on the trees as I driving down the highway. I watch as the dew is slowly being burned away by the sun’s heat. As I get closer to the river, I see the fog shimmering in a white haze as it lifts up.

I’m looking at all these things as I’m driving to get my sister. It dawned on me that it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed looking at this type of scene. I wanted to whip out my phone and take a picture of all that I was seeing. But I was doing 60 on the highway and that wouldn’t have been a good idea. Seeing those picturesque views this morning made me want to express to the world how beautiful it was. Sometimes we just need a little reminder of what has been there all along.   via Daily Prompt: Express

Chair Exercising

I was thinking about different exercises that people could do and thought of older people and people with limited mobility. I’ve had problems with my knees and feet for years, so I’m always looking for an exercise that won’t hurt me. I prefer to do any type of workout at home these days. I never know when my knee will try and throw me on the floor………hahahahahaha.

My grandmother and my sister used to do chair exercises. You get a chair, sit on the edge of it, and do leg and arm exercises. There are seated Jumping Jacks, Ab Twister, Seated Leg Extensions, Seated Press Ups and workouts that include using a water bottle or two. Here’s a link that explains those exercises……https://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/exercise-and-de-stress/chair-exercises

I was also looking through YouTube videos for chair exercise videos and found a few. The first one I found is a 20-minute workout with a guy and girl. The guy is using hands weights and the girl is doing the same moves without weights. The moves are easy enough. I think I might do these types of moves in my spare time. Here is the link to the 20-minute chair exercise video on YouTube……..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azv8eJgoGLk

This last video that I’ll post a link to is seniors doing chair exercises. These moves are also very simple and easy. I found myself moving along with the video without thinking about. It was just so simple. The moves were also stretching out my tired muscles since I had just got off work. I know what videos I’ll be saving in YouTube. Here is the link to this video……….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7zCDiiTBTk

Hopefully, these videos will be helpful to someone. I found them to be quite helpful to me. I’m always open to new things in the exercise world as long as it won’t hurt me. Until next time, I’ll be on the lookout for new things to post.

brown chair

One Day at the store…..

I went to the store the other day to find some cooking oil. I was hoping to get some olive oil or even coconut oil. I wanted to cook some stir-fry pork to go with my rice. I don’t deep fry anything anymore because I’m trying to cut down on the amount of grease I take in.

While browsing the baking aisle, I noticed a cooking spray. It was a coconut cooking spray. I stood looking at it mesmerized. It was just what I was looking for. I really didn’t want to buy a bottle of oil because it would have gone to waste. But this spray, ohhhh this spray, can be used to just to give my ceramic pan a coating. A coating of spray and I’m cooking away.

So I got it home and tried it out. It worked really great. An added bonus was that it gave the meat a boost of flavor. And the kitchen smelled wonderful. I will definitely use this spray with beef and shrimp. Here’s what it looks like…….

Monday Blahs

I see that a lot of people don’t seem to like Mondays because it’s the beginning of the work week. It’s also the end of the weekend.  I happen to like Mondays because it’s another day to be alive. I can start this Monday finding new things to do.

I made it to 40 minutes on my elliptical (41 minutes and 18 seconds to be exact…..hahahahaha) so I’m happy about that. I saw an article on Facebook about drinking pickle juice to get rid of cramps. I was having a problem with leg cramps about a year and a half ago. I ended up getting some Himalayan salt. I mixed a little with a glass of water and lo and behold, my leg cramps went away. But if anyone wants to try pickle juice, here’s that link……https://www.littlethings.com/benefits-of-pickle-juice/?utm_source=LTts&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=health.

I was at Walmart and those king size Nestle Crunch bars were calling me. What I got instead was a couple of tomatoes and a container of low-fat cottage cheese. I can eat a cup of cottage cheese and a couple of slices of tomato for a healthy snack instead of that Crunch bar. I’m slowly looking for alternative healthy things to eat. 

When I had lost the 28 pounds a few years ago, I was eating rice steamers. I would get the Birds Eye Steamfresh that had vegetables in them. The one that I would get the most had brown and wild rice, broccoli and carrots in it. You put in the microwave for 5 minutes and BAM, it done. You may want to season it to taste because I’ll be honest, it is quite bland. I put a little butter, Himalayan salt and pepper flakes on it. I also eat it with either some sort of fish, beef or pork with it. It’s quick to make and it’s pretty light as far as eating. 

I’m going to start posting helpful things as far as tricks to losing weight and good foods and recipes to eat. My goal is to lose 5 pounds a month. All the other times I tried to lose weight I didn’t really have a goal in mind. I just wanted to lose weight any way possible. I figure if I go slowly, then I can progress as I go along. I also won’t feel so bad if I notice that my weight hasn’t moved down any. I’ve had this extra weight for 24 years. I have to think realistically that it’s not going to magically go away overnight.

A Little About Me

I’ve talked a little about losing weight. So let me talk a bit about myself. I’m 46 yrs, 5’6″ tall and weigh 271. Well, I did weigh 271 when I started using the elliptical in August. I weigh about 267 now (Whooo Hooo). The goal I working towards is losing 5 pounds a month. If I lose more that’s great, but I want to at least lose something each month.

I’m starting out just exercising a little. Right now I try to get on elliptical every other day. So far I’ve been able to stay on it for at least 35 minutes. The last time I was using it, oh maybe about a year ago, I was trying to have a go at it every day. I realized that I was pushing myself too hard and eventually lost interest. So now I’m going slow.

The elliptical trainer that I have is a Nordic Track CX 998. It’s manually powered but it does have a screen that can be plugged in that lights up and keeps track of everything. I’m still learning the settings on it. In fact, I went to Google and downloaded the user’s manual so I can attempt to figure out how to work a lot of these settings. As of right now, I just plug it up and use it. Once I feel I’m ready for a harder workout, I’ll change the settings.

The best thing I did was buy a fan. My son killed my poor box fan so the last attempt at exercising was kind of miserable. The Nordic Track does have a little fan that blows air in the face, but it’s not enough. I got an oscillating fan with three speeds to blow more air my way. I usually have my patio door open to get more air in, but lately there just hasn’t been a good breeze blowing. The fan has helped a lot during my work out.

I haven’t really started any type of meal planning yet. There are already quite a few things that I don’t have in my diet. I don’t drink any type of pop/soda (I quit drinking it 17 years ago) rarely buy chips, ice cream, or any other types of sweets. I’m slowly leaving fast food places alone (the food really is starting to suck). One problem that I do have is that I’m extremely lazy. I can cook, but I just don’t want to. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to do better meal planning wise if I want to lose weight better. And it really is cheaper to make your own food.

My big craving is chocolate. I really, really like it. Right now I’m into the king-sized Nestle Crunch bars. They are so great to me. I could eat one a day if I had the chance. So I’m trying to wean myself off of them. It’s hard because………THEY KEEP CALLING ME!!! But I’m sure I’ll one day soon be able to let them go. Oh and I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. But they have to be GOOD chocolate chip cookies. My sister makes the big ones that are oh so good. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d make my own…….hahahahahaha.