The 50% Solution
The 50% Solution as I know it: Plan what you will do that day, or hour, depending on your stamina at the time. Take that task and figure out how long it will take, cut that time in half, then cut it in half again. Do as much of the task that it takes in the time period. Set a timer, to be sure and stick to it.
Sit and wait to get back to your normal, rested self. Take note of the time and do another part of the task; add half of the time back into the task at hand and repeat.
The trick is to add time to the task at hand only as long as you can recoup without feeling worn out. When I started I had to add one quarter of the time so that I wouldn't wear myself out. It works!
I hope you find it useful.
Getting Back to the New Life Plan
It's nearly fall and I've managed to lose some weight by adding some NutriSystem foods to my plan, some of the food is just plain ucky! But that addition helps getting the plan back in full force and is a plan for me to get more pounds off.
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Once upon a time I had a big tree outside the balcony, in the neighbor's yard. It has since gone the way of all good things; luckily it fell in pieces over a few months. At any rate it is no longer there to shade the balcony or deposit leaves there in the fall.
This is similar to the piece that Nancy mentioned on Facebook with custom matte and frame (well the frame was hand picked at Walmart). It was a b-day gift to Roxy. They tell me it is a nice addition to Ken and Roxy's collection. It now lives in the kitchen.
In Frank's Corner, I will relay information about being a kitty and living with VickiP in an apartment. Our's is a one-bedroom apartment with a houseful of furniture, and a nice balcony. Of course, I doubt he has a thought at all, but its fun to imagine that his expressions mean he does.
So, Frank and I are thinking that there's nothing better, on a cold, rainy evening than having nice pot of beans ot soup on the stove, the apartment is clean; thanx to Rox and I've been up and around most days. Frank is good, he's had his tuna and is laying on the floor on his back. He does a funny sort of rooling over and sometimes just stops in the middle, falling asleep.
One of my faves. The sun in the clouds, pointing to where God calls home.
Rox and I went on a shoot March 10th, 2011 in the Fog Bog in Everett. It was early in the morning and the fog was just lifting, we had our cameras ready for the best shot of the day. This is my fave of that morning a few years ago
Recently I heard you should be putting Peeps in the microwave ---- made me think, I wonder what happens? ---- so I put marshmallows on a brownie and put them in the microwave and ---- voila---- a new sweet, low fat dessert was born.
Here's the brownie recipe. Mom called this the Cake Mix Brownie Recipe I've amended it a bit for lower fat.
Yes, these brownies as good for me as they are good. They get me past the chocolate cravings.
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl by hand, mix 'em up real good. Pour all in a 9 by 13 non-stick sprayed pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
HINT: THE IS IT DONE TEST? Put a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean they are done.
So now, take one of those yummy brownies, put it on a plate and put 4 marshmallows on top and nuke it for 25 seconds, or so. YUM!
Yes most of my recipes are a Tribute to Mom; she knew how to cook hamburger 1001 ways on a very small budget: I think it was 101 ways, but I adjusted it for inflation.
Well I've taken it to a new dimension; Many ways to improve on those 1960's 1970's 80's and 90's recipes; Mom was always up to date. Now that we know how bad all that red meat and fat is for us they needed some updating.
Our Dad hated casseroles so Mom had to be real inventive on how to disguise the hamburger she used in her recipes. We had chicken and steak as well, but mostly less expensive meals and that meant hamburger.
Back in those days, we had a routine, of sorts. #3 sis's least fave was the liver on Thursday dinner I ate whatever was served and #1 hardly ate anything, ever.
(Dad and Mom in 2007, pic on left)
So it went for the princesses of Citrus Heights.
This is a nice recipe to use canned beans, canned beans are quick and easy. You'll need 4 cans of assorted beans, here I used Garbanzo, Pinto, Dark Kidney Beans and Black Beans. Also needed is a small onion and 2 cloves of garlic, chopped. Of course, onions and garlic are optional.
Drain all of the beans, drain the black beans separately, as they will turn the rest an awful black color, rinse all well and put aside.
Chop the onion and garlic, put them with half of the bean mixture, in a medium bowl (about 4 cups).
I like having the variety of 4 types of beans yet, I don't want a salad that big, so I use the rest of the beans in a soup later.
Now add the dressing:
Mix it all up and adjust the dressing to taste.
ALSO be sure to clean as you go and recycle all of the cans, etc.
This is a 50% Solution recipe.
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What to do with leftovers?
Example; I had gravy from a pot roast and found veggies and turkey from a soup without broth (no longer soup). I mixed them together for a great hot roast turkey sando of sorts. Believe me they will never know, Mom.
OR put them together in a pot, bring to low boil, crack open a package of biscuits (why from scratch when these are just a good?) and bake uncovered at 425° for 20 minutes or until the biscuits are deep brown---- voila---- easy and cheap Shepherd's Pie.
When offering a view of the website to my friend Cheryl, she wrote some hints and recipes of her own.
Here they are:
Don't forget to eat more bran. I found some wonderful Honey Bran Muffins at Trader Joe's, and they are wonderful. Made with applesauce, they are not too sweet, but no nuts and other crap. They are the best ones I have found. And, they are good tasting and moist, unlike the grocery store ones where they put too many nuts in them, or add extra stuff. Try them, they are really good! Everyone I recommend them to really likes them. I stick them in the freezer and have at least one per week. They freeze really well.
Don't forget to try squashes. Butternut and Acorn are good this time of year! I can't remember whether or not you are a fussy eater. [Which I am not, I'll try anything once.] I usually cut the acorn in half, clean it out, and then put it face down in a baking dish with about a 1/4 cup water or maybe a little less. It's wonderful with brown sugar and butter. Good antioxidant!
I also take summer squash which is the yellow with the crook neck. Slice lengthwise, and baste with garlic butter and grill or fry in the pan until tender. You can also cut up squash put it in a casserole dish, cook as wanted and serve it as a side dish.
Prepare ahead of time for low fat food. Prepare ground beef or stew meat, by cooking it in a separate pan and drain well before adding it to a sauce or soup. For a lower saturated fat ( monounsaturated fat is better for you)use EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) if you just can't get along without some fat. EVOO is also better for your diet, we all need fat in our diet.
For some soups or sauces, I cook the meat ahead of time. Separate and drain the meat from the broth or stock and put it in the fridge overnight then scrape the cold fat off. Another easy way to gather the fat and discard is to put a paper towel over the cold broth so that it touches it on all sides, lift it off and the fat comes along with it. Throw the entire thing in the garbage.
Always dispose of grease, meat drippings, etc. in the garbage. It is good for the land fill, it is not good for the sewer. Never put it in the drain. Oh and potato peelings clog some disposals.
Potatoes, have loads of good stuff in them; try putting sour cream on them without butter if you can if not use a lower fat margarine, I use Move over butter, it has a buttermilk base. For me, Move over butter has eliminated the butter dish. Its good on rice as well.
Now for rice. I tried brown rice and I have to say it was awful, No matter what, there is nothing like good ol' sticky rice for me. Minute Rice or those boil in bags rice, are all fine as well. If you like the brown stuff, good for you.
All kinds of beans are good protein and keep me away from the snacks. Maybe because there's good stuff in there. Canned or fresh, whatever, just don't add fatty meat or fatty broth.
Cut down on gluten.Trying to cut out gluten entirely is not only bad for the budget but bad for the body.So cut down, as with everything, less is more. A diet low in gluten got rid of my sweats, ladies. It's not that hard to do either. Stay away from white flour; white flour is a pound putter onner, anyway.Can you say BYE BYE WHITE FLOUR?
One of Mom's jobs was to teach us healthy cooking rules.
My kid sister gave me part of a packaged macaroni and cheese from the store ----they don't eat leftovers---- you know, one of those delicious bowls of everything mixed all up, ready for the microwave, made out of petroleum products, fat filled, yummy petroleum products made to taste just like real mac and cheese. YUMM!!!
Ever noticed that cereal sticks to a bowl forever, but glue doesn't ever hold?
Why my laptop must go to the bedside: Some folks do their best thinking on the throne, I do mine reclining in my adjuestable bed, watching the History Channel.
In 1961 our family moved to a tract home in Citrus Heights, California. My sister Nancy and I (3 years apart) were amazed and kept pinching each other; as our best dream came true. We came from North-Eastern Montana which was just like the place we lived before, Colombus, North Dakota.
When we moved to California we rented a house in Lincoln. Mom and Dad were looking for a place to call home in Citrus Heights. Our Auntie Norma and Uncle (aka Nuncle) Dale were also looking for a house that day.
They were looking at a house when we heard some tinkle bells broadcasting some kind of cartoon music.
Nuncle Dale reached for his wallet and announced Anyone want ice-cream? . It was the ice-cream man Oh my gawd; ice cream delivered to your house!!!!
Where we came from the Frosty Freeze was open say one day, 4th of July; (summer in North Dakota).
My necklace, yes it is so cute. it has a red stone with a hummingbird and some twigs and stuff ya Where did I get it humm*** It may have been a gift or something Well it reminds me of something I hadn't thought about for years. My only game of D & D. I found that I am not a creep around in caves kinda girl. There I sat, between the evil wizards (my ex and my sis's ex) fighting it out for who was the evilest!. Not one of my fondest memories, but I did like that necklace.
I never really experimented with stuff when I was a kid. Mom always told me you were afraid of balloons and cotton balls, yuh. #1 sister drank fuel oil one time, I think she was 5, yes the ripe old age of five! Now that's experimenting to the extreme. 'Course she was the snake handler, dog groomer and bird trainer. Yes, our budgie bird would ride on her model Mercedes (classic 60 something, convertible toy car). The car was wound up on the floor; vroom, vroom; and she would set the bird on it and off across the floor ol' budgie would go.
This is informative! We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It's not that easy. It's important to know how and when to eat fruit.
What's the correct way to eat fruit? IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUIT AFTER A MEAL? FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. Eating fruit like that plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.
Let's say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it's prevented from doing so. In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.
Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You've heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian [ a foul-smelling but deliciously flavored fruit] my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!
There's no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight.
Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit- fast to cleanse your body. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!
KIWI: Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!
AN APPLE a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants and flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack and stroke.
STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel- clogging free radicals.
EATING 2 - 4 ORANGES a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.
WATERMELON- The coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also it is a key source of lycopene, the cancer- fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon- Vitamin C and Potassium.
GUAVA & PAPAYA- Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes.
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