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Glorious October Check-in with Recipe

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Whooee - have we had the most glorious October so far. It's only the 4th? well - 4 glorious days then - and the weather dot com guys say we've got another one coming up. Nights in the high 40's or low 50's and days in the 70's. With blue blue skies and puffy white clouds, leaf color just beginning to light up the forests and at these temperatures - very few mosquitoes. I mean - it just doesn't need to get any better!

And just in time, too! This summer a combination of really sticky hot humid weather and a general anxiety about Life In America In These Crazy Times made it extremely easy to Not Exercise ... At All. I hadn't worried too much about it because over the decades I've had periods when I just stopped exercising and then one day I'd pick it back up again - with ease, swiftly regaining a basic fitness level. Well, darlings. At 68 - I just didn't pick it all back up again with ease - there is a difference between letting it go in your early 50's and letting it go in your late 60's. Aside from the slack muscles I'm now dealing with some recently diagnosed arthritis in my hips.

Walking isn't an issue and lordy!, we're sure getting the weather for it - but there has been some functional loss - I'm wobbly when I have to turn and lift and just get about the way we do in life. Think "rising from a squat to pivot to put some grocery item away on a top shelf". I need more muscle toning than a basic walk. I have begun working out with some favorite old dvds, taking care to alter any move that doesn't work with an arthritic hip - moderating things like side squats. I'm still at the stage where I can feel it in the muscles but can't tell that I've improved with the twists & turns. But I'll get there.

So how've I done this week with those chartable plans? Pretty good, I'd say. I still feel like I'm juggling a bunch of healthy living balls: adequate nutrition, enough water, exercise, and so far I drop them pretty frequently, but I pick them up right away. I have a daily food limit and 2 days I went over pretty far - One day there was cake. When I plugged in the recipe to figure out the calorie count - oh dear. Well. No more birthdays for a while, thank goodness.

Another day I wanted to try an irresistible Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Breadstick recipe I found here on Spark. It was really really good and for the life of me I can't find it now - but like most cauliflower "bread" recipes it's a lot of cheese. So here's what I printed off the machine

1 cup cooked riced cauliflower
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (reduced fat )
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
12/ tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt

2 Tbs softened light butter
2 cloves garlic finly minced
1/4 cup graed parmesan cheese
1/3 up granted reduced fat mozzarella

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Stir together cauliflower, eggs and cheeses
add spices
transfer to baking sheet or stone and using your hands pat out into a large rectangle
bake for 15 minutes

mix garlic with butter and spread on cauliflower bread
sprinkle with other cheeses
return to oven till cheese melts

slice and serve

Well - this really is yummy but honestly - the butter made it too heavy for me. For one thing I only had full fat butter. I'd skip the topping altogether next time, because it was plenty flavorful as is - and made a wonderful soft breadstick that I'd proudly serve at a party. But remember - with garlic - the older it is - the more you'll need, so if your garlic bulbs have been sitting around for weeks, you might want to bump that up in the actual bread.

So - here's the chart - the first number is last Sunday's stats.

Days at points limit: __1_ 2
Weeks within total points:__0_1
Days with adequate water:__6_ 5
Days walked:_6__6 plus 3 DVD workouts
Weight lost:_0__2
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    Lovely blog...I will be trying that recipe, for sure.
    I have been walking most days since the heat and bugs diminished...what a treat, but I agree...it has been glorious lately!
    49 days ago
    I have been very remiss in my exercise routine but the weather is much better for being outside so I have been walking again. Now where did I put those weights. Enjoy your lovely Fall weather
    49 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    49 days ago
    the recipie sounds good but I have not had any luck with using cauliflower as a bread.
    50 days ago
    50 days ago
    Well done!! You'll have those muscles strengthened and more functional fitness in no time!!
    50 days ago
    Good on you getting worked back into healthier. It seems to me that I enjoy life better when I'm working at the healthy. My arthritis is better with moving and eating well. Happy Sunday!
    50 days ago
    Good for you for "taking the bull by the horns" ( as my mom would say ) for stepping back and reassessing your steps!! I have been doing short walks regularly lately, and I am just happy to be walking ( I have a hip replacement ). Wishing you success and grace emoticon
    50 days ago
    Good for you realizing that "as we grow old-er" we need to be mindful of exercises that will keep us functional. I am 66 and for SURE that is true for me.

    That recipe sounds like it's delicious.

    50 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    You ladies are inspiring me to get on YouTube and begin my other exercises rather than walking. Definitely need to do something
    Bess I saw the recipe you are talking about on Spark I think last week. Sounds like a Keto recipe to me.

    Way to go on keeping track.
    50 days ago
    50 days ago
    In June I decided enough is enough. I joined weight watchers online and started searching for old lady exercises that made me feel good. I found YouTube to be a great source of a variety of workouts. Found good ole Leslie Sansone walks. I did her routines years ago so it was like an old friend! On those stinking hot days, Leslie and I met in my basement. Silver Sneakers is a great source (also found on you tube). They are thorough and safe. Some of them are a little slow and lots of silver sneakers talk but a great option. You can boogie with Paul Eugene ( fun and funny). His routine made me sweat. You get the idea. Lots of choices! However, my FAVORITE is Silver&Fit. A woman named penny is the instructor. They are for seniors but I have found most of them challenging. They have routines live on FB and then posted to YT. Every day is a different workout (Monday, yoga; Tuesday, balance/flexibility; etc) Great news: Penny is considered “intermediate” and they are adding new instructors to offer beginner and advanced classes.
    Sorry this is so long but these have made a huge difference for me. Since June, with WW and these exercises I have lost 12 pounds and feel stronger and more stable. This is my first weight loss in over 5 years!
    50 days ago
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