Friday, June 4, 2010

It's getting better all the time

Oh, my little herb friends, I could kiss you !! You may be common, green and thought of as weeds by many, but you have never let me down ! Yesterday was one of the "bestus" days I have had in a long time in regards to pain. Not only was I able to function in comfort, but I was able to get in some actual exercise ! Check out my activity log for the day

20 minute walk outside
Using guide at Safe exercise for arthritic joints here
50 wall push ups
20 wall slides
40 standing leg abductions
10 counter squats
25 Bridging( it's the Yoga position The Bridge)
30 straight leg raises
20 calf raises
20 Power Knees (Sit in a straight-backed chair and cross your legs above the ankles.
Your legs can be almost straight, or you can bend your knees as much as you like. Try several positions.
Push forward with your back leg and press backward with your front leg.
Exert pressure evenly so that your legs do not move. Hold and count out loud for ten seconds.
Relax. Change leg positions. Be sure to keep breathing.)
40 back kicks

I also slept so well that I woke up very, very early with the feeling that I have had enough sleep and I could start my day.I am sure that will fade, but it was very nice to be awakened by something other than pain. This stuff ROCKS !!! I have great faith in herbs because unlike drugs they have never let me down. Drugs always seem to work partway on my body and create a wake of problems in that course of action. Herbs have always gotten to the root cause, addressed it and the symptoms of the problem fade away. it is like the symptoms are the messenger of an imbalance and once the imbalance is addressed, there is no need for a messenger .

Food was also very good. Here is the log :

Food log
1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 cup assorted melon cubes, 2 T ground flax. 1 T sliced almonds, coffee, 32 oz water
1 c 15 bean soup, 2 c cut veggies( carrots, celery, broccoli) 1/3 cup hummus, Diet Rite, 16 oz water, sugar free fudsicles ( we need to get these out of the freezer so we can make ice cubes)
2 c air popped popcorn, 16 oz water
Aloha pork with brown rice, roast broccoli and green salad with fruit and rosemary roast pecans, Diet Rite
Snack - nonfat plain yogert, blueberries and 1/3 cup Kashi crunch ( not Core so i had to count it)

Dinner was a spur of the moment change that involved the crock pot. I was feeling so good and wanted to just accomplish as much as I possibly could lest I started feeling a backlash of pain, and I did not want to be tied down making dinner at a specific time. The crock pot would give me the freedom to roam as I want to, so I grabbed this recipe from my files- Aloha Pork served with roast broccoli and a green salad tossed with the last of the melon cubes and rosemary roasted nuts ( THESE are potential crack !!)

Aloha Pork ( Gluten free, Core)

4 lean pork steaks ( Boneless skinless Chicken breasts would work fine as well)
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 fresh pineapple, cored , peeled and sliced
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup packed brown sugar twin
2 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
2 Tbsp - cat sup
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp - dry mustard
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 cups hot cooked brown rice

In a large skillet brown the pork steaks on both sides in hot oil. Transfer the steaks to slow cooker.
In a bowl combine drained pineapple, water, brown sugar twin, tapioca, catsup, soy sauce, and dry mustard; pour over steaks.
Cover; cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours). At the last half hour, add the cherry tomatoes Skim fat from sauce.
Serve over hot cooked brown rice. Makes 4 servings


Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

Wow, you rocked the exercise!

Yay for "bestus" days and no pain :)

Diane Fit to the Finish said...

You got a lot done and I am so glad that you felt great and had very little pain. A lot of people wouldn't have exercised when they felt good and I'm impressed that you did!

Nicole, RD said...

Nice workout!! And I love that you said "bestus" - :)

Becky said...

Just found your blog yesterday when searching for weightloss blogs. I just started weightwatchers and am looking for encouragement. I have a 10month old son (conceived him on clomid and i have pcos, naturally) and about 30lbs to loose. I dont' want this to be a year from now and need to loose 50lbs. Love your blog, read a few old ones. I have to say to me it seems like your not eating enough food. I know it sounds silly but i've read some of you food posts and i was like, that's it? Have you ever though about going to a nutritionist? if you have ins you should be able to go to atleast one or two seesions for free or with a co-pay. I was thinking about this too. Well good luck, what you and your family is doing is awesome, can't wait to read all your adventures and i love hte recipes, i might just havve to try this pork out.

Leslie said...

That is a great exercise list, and I'm checking out the arthritis site. My knees are getting better and bettedr, but I 'spect they'll never be the way they were before the scopes this winter.

I really loved your nice long newsy supportive comment today - thanks so much. When you were describing your lack of chest, I was wishing for that! I used to be pretty small until 3 kids, nursing, and then gaining weight over and over had their way with the girls.

Your food log reminded me I have a bag of 15 beans for soup that I might just whip up this weekend.