Yesterday was the first day in quite a while, it seems like, that I had a good eating day, all the way through. I had tracked my eating up until I left work and I had 16 points left. I made a “stir-fry” using some boneless pork chops and some frozen stir-fry vegetables and a recipe I had for Schezuan (sp?) chicken. I adapted it some, because it called for you to coat the chicken in a mixture of egg white and cornstarch and fry it in quite a bit of oil. I did not do that. I just sliced the pork into thin strips and sautéed it in a little oil. Then I took the meat out and sautéed the vegetables, then added the meat back and added the sauce from the recipe. I had made some rice in my rice cooker the other day, so I had the stir-fry over about a half a cup of rice. I would have preferred to use brown rice, but white was all I had and I was testing out my rice cooker for the first time the other day (easy!). I need to buy some brown rice. Anyway, it was very good, although I will adapt the recipe a little next time (I thought it had a little too much ginger and it was pretty spicy, so I may or may not alter the amount of crushed red pepper).
I ate half of the mixture I made (there were two pork chops) and had an apple after that, and that was all I had last night. I cannot imagine it had more than 16 points, although I will have to calculate the recipe to find out. I felt fine about how I ate for the day.
This morning I was leaving my apartment and realized I had not fixed myself any breakfast. I have been fixing it and eating before I leave every day, and it didn’t occur to me to do that this morning, for some reason. I stopped at Potbelly and got a Ham, Mushroom, Egg and Swiss Cheese on wheat square (that is the smaller portion of bread), for 10 points. I had a banana left at work, and had that with it (still 10 points). I get 38 points a day. For lunch I will either have some more of the chili I made yesterday or the other half of the stir-fry I made, and I will have the other one of those choices for dinner.
I took Cassie for the same length walk last evening that I did yesterday morning, so got a good bit of walking in (for me). I took him just around the block this morning, but will walk him at lunch and after work, if I don’t have to work too late. I am going to try climbing the stairs, at least part of the way up, on at least one of the times I return home. If that goes okay, I will try to do that more than one time a day until I work up to at least going up the stairs all the time. Going downstairs really hurts my knees, so I am not going to do that at this point. I don’t mind being sore in the usual sense, but I do not want to set off flare-ups with my back.
Okay, I have now tracked the recipe for the stir-fry and the rice last night (to the best of my memory, and I am quite sure it is near accurate, especially for the ingredients that have points), and it came out to 12 for the stir-fry and 3 for the rice. So I was 1 point under my limit last night.
One of the things I am really liking about living alone is that the housekeeping for one is so much easier than the housekeeping for four or five. Even though I was living with adults, I seem to find it much easier to just pick up after myself (and my dog) than when everyone else was living there.
One thing I do not like about living downtown: I can walk the 1-1/2 blocks to work, and sometimes up to 5 people will ask me for money. I hate that! When I walk Cassie, I purposely do not carry any money so I can honestly say I do not have any. I would say there ought to be a law against that, but there is a law against it and it still happens all the time. There are these certain “type” that have newspapers about the homeless they try to sell you “for a donation”. They are on almost every corner downtown. I cannot afford to give everyone money and many of them I question what the money will be used for. Very seldom do I give anybody anything, but every once in a while, someone will catch me at a weak moment. I am all for helping the poor, but I would prefer to do it in a different way, where I am sure the money is being used to help with their needs and not to buy liquor at the liquor store. I truly hate this and wish they could enforce it.
It occurs to me that I am overdue for pictures of me. I will have to have help with those too, so if I think of it at the right time, I will get my daughters to help with that and post some. I have lost about 20 pounds since the last ones I posted, so I am wondering if you can see the difference.
I feel like I am getting in a good groove, finally. I didn’t give up!