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It’s been tough getting up early to get to the Pilates Classes here in Palm Coast. And this morning, like every morning this week I had good intentions… but didn’t make it to Pilates. Instead, I took a brisk walk around the neighborhood for about an hour. I made Mike get up and get on his new bike and ride along with me. He fizzled out early and went back to the house to take a shower.. but that didn’t stop me.

I really have to make a change… because I’m still stuck at the 170 marker on the scale and I’ve got less than three months to get to the 143lbs. I’m shooting for!!!

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Mike decided to make another meal form his mother’s book of recipes…. this one was even better than the last time he made this same dish three weeks ago. In Persian (farce) it’s called Asha Reshteh… which is basically a vegetarian dish. And Tuesday afternoon we sat down with his daughter and enjoyed the dish with some Whole Grain Wheat Bread. The reason I think this last preparation of the Asha Reshteh is so much better, because it was soupier. Otherwise with the noodles, vegetables and beans get so overwhelming the dish really needs more soupiness. 

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike’s Asha Reshteh

Red Kidney Beans

White Beans

Chick Peas

Lentils

Spinach

Kale

Onions

Carrots

Celery

Whole Wheat Noodles

Directions:

Wash and Chop up vegetables and put into pot with drained beans and lentils. Add 8 cups of water and put on heat for 1 or so. Boil noodles and add them at the end of the process.

 For dinner, Mike and I were out and took a ride down to Daytona. I wanted to check out a movie (Bounty Hunter) and we were an hour too early for the next showing. So Mike decided to go across the street to Chili’s Restaurant where we had Happy Hour cocktails and some munchies.

Carafe of White Wine

Carafe of White Wine

I had of course the white wine 2 for 1 and a small Asian Salad with no cheese or creamy vinaigrette dressing. I asked for Oil and Vinegar instead and Mike had the Chicken Nachos. While we waited for our food, we snacked on some chips and salsa.

Then when we got back home…. I felt so overwhelmingly hungry and had a small dish of the Asha Reshteh with a piece of Whole Grain Wheat Bread. Maybe not such a good idea because I felt so heavy in my stomach… it was uncomfortable.

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I almost missed the big night of the year!!! Dancing w/the Stars Premiere event.  I was reminded by Mike while we were sitting in Outback Steakhouse when he asked, “don’t you want to see Dancing W/the Stars tonight?” I quickly looked over to my watch and saw it was only 7:15pm… so we had a bit of time left.

Needless to say, I did finish my Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad and Steamed Vegetables quite quickly. And I also managed to drink my happy hour 2 for 1 Pinot Grigio before we raced home.

We just made it, as I turned on the T.V. the opening music was going. I quickly changed clothes, got comfortable in the big chair and watched every single performance of the night. I even signed up for tickets during Shannon Dourghtys performance. It was much like Kate Gosslins… which was lack luster.! Pam Anderson was hot thought… even dancing on the dance floor she exudes sex!!!!

There were some surprises of the night toooo… Erin Andrews, Ochocinco, Pussy Cat Doll girl, Evan Lysacek just to name a few!!! I  can’t wait until next week. 

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St. Thomas Crab Claws

St. Thomas Crab Claws

Breeze Salad & Cheese Less Veggie Quesadillas

Breeze Salad & Cheese Less Veggie Quesadillas

This morning I can say, Mike and I went for a walk around the neighborhood together. It’s something we haven’t done in a while, and it’s something Mike did on his brand new bike. He’s like a kid in a candy shop after buying his used trail bike. 

Since I haven’t been able to get a Pilates schedule, I’ve decided to walk around the neighborhood for my exercise. This weekend I got back into the groove!!

After my walk, got home to take a shower and hit the road to Orlando. Mike wanted to get to his favorite restaurant, Bahama Breeze for his Chicken Kabobs and St. Thomas Crab Claws.

 I have to admit, I did have 3 of those Crab Claws before my Breeze Salad and Cheese less Veggie Quesadillas arrived. I was proud of myself, usually I get my Bahama Rita drink and this time I ordered Water with a Lemon.

Then we battled the rain to head over to Whole Foods where I got some Dried Cranberries, Raisins and some new TPV. Mike wanted to return the Honey I picked up a while back because it started crystallizing (not a good sign).

After engaging the navigation system, we found a Costco down in Orlando and picked up some more Agave and some other goods and headed home in the rain. By the time we got home, the rain had stopped and we were able to get all the groceries out without getting soaked.!!!

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Potato Medley Grill

Potato Medley Grill

Dinner was a mix of my Fresh Vegetable Salad, which I packed full of the leftover Kidney Beans and left over Chick Peas from the other day. Mike made his Potato Medley Grill.

After dinner we did the usual 60 Minutes and then Desperate Housewives. But afterwards, ABC aired something a little different. A show with Jamie Oliver called “Food Revolution”, where he goes to Huntington, W.V. and tries to reteach the way these people eat. Huntington was rated the city with the most obese people and city with horrible eating habits in the U.S. Very interested how the schools, families and community are killing themselves with all the fried, processed foods they’re eating.

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Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike's Minestrone Soup

The forecast for Saturday was so gorgeous; we decided to do some replanting of the plants that were killed in the winter freeze. Calm, 75, and Sunny, that was the beautiful day we were working with. I dressed in my sweat suit and by the afternoon I was getting hot as I repotted plants and did some heavy lifting of those big pots, moving them back in the house from gardening central.

We stopped for lunch which was Mike’s Minestrone Soup. 

Then we went back out to finish up the work. Mike went to the store to buys some more little plants for his project, and while he was out he stopped at the local bike shop where he saw a deal on two used bikes. Well, he had before 5pm to make his decision. So he came home and told me about it.

As I was wrapping up the gardening, Mike had made me an Orange, Pineapple Smoothie. After I had a chance to relax a bit, we headed down to the bike shop to take a look at these bikes. I thought this would be great to get some biking into my exercise mix. But when we got there, the bike was not what I was looking for. I wanted a Beach Cruiser bike to take leisurely bike rides through the neighborhood. So Mike bought his bike and we went looking elsewhere for a beach cruiser for me. After checking out a couple more bike shops, we hit Sears where we found a beach cruiser for me. We’re picking it up wednesday! !!!

Brochette

BrochetteFresh Vegetable Salad

We continued with a lite dinner of Brochette and my Fresh Vegetable Salad. Mike made the Brochette with Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, and Seasonings. 

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Banana Split

Banana Split

Mike and I got an early start Friday… so we stopped at  a local breakfast place so Mike could have a breakfast. I ordered a Strawberry Smoothie and had a Croisant. And Mike ordered this OH SO SWEET Apple Straudel Crepe. I had 3-4 bites of it myself and was just glad I walked hours before.

Apple Straudel Crepes

Apple Straudel Crepes

Amazingly enough… I forgot to eat lunch and so did Mike. So after I scheduled my last meeting for the day, Mike and I headed up to St. Augustine around 4:30pm for dinner. We decided on Carrabba’s Restaurant for an early dinner and drinks.

Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

I had the Mediterranean Salad with no Cheese and Oil and Vinegar Dressing and then I ordered the Penne Franco with no Cheese. 

Penne Franco

Penne Franco

This is a great dish of White Pasta, Roasted Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and some other seasonings. I was feeling generous and shared my pasta with Mike. While we were at the restaurant, it was happy hour, so I indulged in two Carafes’ of White Wine.

White Wine Caraffe

White Wine Caraffe

The meal was sooo good, I was hungry for more.  But I have to remind myself not to go all day without eating food. My juices can only do so much, and going without a meal makes me hungrier.

And being so hungry, I wanted more food some Ice Cream.

A banana split to be exact.! We drove by an Ice Cream shop and Mike and I both agreed to go home where he was going to make me a banana split.

It sure did taste good going down, but later it was like bombs and grenades going off in my stomach. And it went through the night and into the next morning. ICE CREAM IS NOT MY FRIEND AND I NEED TO REALIZE IT AND STOP EATING IT.  In addition to the Ice Cream I’m eating, I’ve noticed I’ve taken to eating more white bread! Things need to change if I’m going to succeed in meeting my goals.

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What a great day here in Central Florida! Mike wanted to make Minestrone Soup and started his cooking around 11 this morning.  So I let him do his thing and it turned out wonderful. Mike’s Minestrone Soup turned out very well, and I actually ate a bowl for lunch and another for dinner. I paired the soup with a couple of pieces of Whole Grain Wheat Bread…. too good!

Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike’s Minestrone Soup:

Ingrediants:

1Can Red Kidney Beans

1/2Can Chick Peas

1Tomato, quartered

1Can Diced Tomatoe

1Can Tomato Paste

2Carrots, diced

2Zucchini, choped

1Yellow Squash, chopped

2Cups Spinach

2Spoons Minced Garlic

6Red Potatoes, diced

1Red Onion, chopped

1Tbls. Dried Mint

2Tbls. Dried Parsley

1Tbls. Italian Seasoning

1 Bay Leaf

Celtic Salt

2Tlbs Olive Oil

Directions:

Wash and chop Onion, Potato, Zucchini, Squash into pan with Olive Oil and fry until Onions transparent. In a pot fill with 8 cups water, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Tomato, Diced Tomatoes, Garlic and other seasonings. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and add fried vegetables for another 45 minutes.

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