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Journal of Healthier Living – Week 6

Welcome my friends.  I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living.  It’s a step in the right direction for sure.  I hope you come along for the ride.  Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share.  Hope you enjoy.  Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤


Week of 02/11-02/17/2018 – Week 6

“Dear Journal – Sometimes I think we beat ourselves up too much.  There is a line between challenging yourself to do better and pushing yourself over the edge.  If I push myself too much, it becomes something I *have* to do, a chore if you will, and my OCD gets tested.  If I leave it at the pace I’m going, I can fit it into my life where it becomes a habit in the end and not so much as a chore.  Shaking my head.  Life is full of complications – LOL.  But so far, I think I have this right now.  I do want to pick up the pace a bit more.  Now I’m trying to turn a 24 hour day into 36 hours.  Do I really need sleep?  Just joking – I love my sleep.  It’s hard to believe how things these days in the form of moving around is so much easier.  I’m so grateful that I had breast surgery.  I think I need to send the doctor a thank you note.”


This week walked: 9.12

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  53.30

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤


 

Okay my friends – another week with using the air fryer at the Hotel Thompson.  One of my biggest weaknesses foodwise is fried chicken.  It might be a southern thing.  It’s a huge comfort food here in the south.  And it’s something I was never able to work around with trying to lose weight but yet keeping my favorite food in the mix.  Who needs all of that grease that it’s deep fried in, right?

Well, I think I found my heaven.  Let me present to you Exhibit A – fried chicken (skinless and boneless) that was prepared in air fryer.  I put it on on the white napkins straight from the air fryer so that you could see – absolutely NO GREASE.  Look at the crispy outside and the inside was so juicy.  Better yet, I’ve found with the air fryer that you actually taste your food and not the grease that it is cooked in.  I seasoned my chicken before hand with salt/pepper and some pepper flakes.  I then dipped it in a seasoned egg mixture and then dipped it in a seasoned flour mix.  I then put the chicken in my air fryer.  The basket held five chicken thighs at one time.  I set the timer for 20 minutes on chicken at 380 degrees.  At 10 minutes, I stopped the timer and turned the chicken.  It came out this beautiful.  It was a HUGE hit here at the Hotel Thompson.

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Travels in the South

Hello dear friends.  Welcome to another week of Travels in the South.  This week, we are focusing on daddy and his hamburger passion.  He loves hamburgers.  I mean really LOVES.  Every time we go somewhere, he has to try their burgers out to see how they are on the taste scale.  This week is no different.

This hamburger was so big that the restaurant had to put a huge steak knife in it to hold it together in transit to the table.  It’s a one pound patty, cheese, and gulps – bacon, with pickles and a hard fried egg.  Talk about getting all of the your food groups into one plate.  And if you haven’t noticed in the past with dad’s burgers, he likes a little mayo on his burgers – no ketchup or mustard or tomato or lettuce.

What did dad think of this concoction?  He gave it two thumbs up and said he would order it again.  What do you like on your burgers?

 

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Journal to Healthier Living – Week 5

Welcome my friends.  I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living.  It’s a step in the right direction for sure.  I hope you come along for the ride.  Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share.  Hope you enjoy.  Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤


Week of 02/04-02/10/2018 – Week 5

“Dear Journal – I had intentions of having a perfect week this week with all of my circles completed.  It didn’t happen.  Six days out of seven I’m taking and doing a high five to myself.  Even God rested one day. I have to work out something I couldn’t do the rest of my life – not a quick fix.  If I take one or two days off, good for me.  I love my Apple i-Watch.  It gets me up/going and reminds me to do such.  However, it also brings out the OCD in me and being perfect.  I have to find an equal balance.”

Dear Journal – I broke down and found a pair of jeans that actually fit and didn’t seem like a family had moved out of them.  So from a size 26 to now a size 22.  And I actually bought my first ever button up shirt.  I have *never* worn button up shirts for obvious reasons.  With my breast size they way the were, button up shirts did not stay buttoned up.  My shirts were a 3XL and now I’m down to 1XL.  Small changes but it’s working this plan of mine.  I keep on walking.  Who knows what this summer will bring.”


This week walked: 12.54

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  44.18

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

  small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤


Update on my Air Fryer.  Let me introduce you to Elite – my air fryer.  Fits nicely on the counter and has little suction cups to keep it stable.  One of the meals we prepared this week was steak and waffle fries – both done in the air fryer.  The steaks came out awesome.  We cooked two this size at one time around 5 minutes.  Next time, I will take the time down a bit for more our liking.  The waffle fries cooked 4 minutes and came out perfect!  They were crunchy and awesome!!

 

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Pineapple and Daddy

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As some of you know, I have a love/hate relationship with my daddy.  I mean he loves me and I love him but it’s nothing like the love me and mom share.  Can you relate?  We tolerate – yeah that’s a good word – tolerate each other.  He takes care of me during the day and I like to think I take care of him during the day too.

Well, this weekend we were outside playing around.  I was down in the yard of the magical back yard and he was with me with mommy up on the deck.  Just for a moment, deviled ham came out in me.

  I tried to hide him back inside of me… you know sweet bacon.  But, it just wasn’t going to happen.  Sigh – deviled ham came out full force.  I looked at daddy and all I could see was a target.  I know I shouldn’t but it happened.  I stomped my hooves, ran around the magical back yard and at full force slammed into daddy who was kneeling over weeding.  For a big ex football player, he fell hard with a good thump.  Maybe that’s because he wasn’t expecting me… you think?  Then that old meanie deviled ham did something terrible.  He grabbed daddy’s pant legs and started pulling.  I thought for a minute deviled ham was going to pull off daddy’s pants in the backyard.

But then, daddy did the strangest thing.  He said really loud, “Safe word is pineapple – PINEAPPLE”.  He kept repeating pineapple.  Shakes piggy head.  Can you believe that?  Even when deviled ham is trying to play, daddy still thinks of food.  And mom says my mind is a one track way with food.  Snorts.

With daddy screaming pineapple and deviled ham snorting, this got mom’s attention on the deck.  Mom said those words that everyone hates to hear.  The full name – shivers.  She yelled out, “Bacon Porkchop Thompson, you get up here NOW”.  Oh snap.  That’s right – deviled ham snapped right out of my inner body and sweet bacon came out pronto.  I stopped, put my tail between my legs and slowly stomped up the board to the deck.  Man, I was in trouble.  The full name followed by NOW.

I got up on the deck and mom fussed at me.  I mean really fussed.  What was I thinking?  I can’t play rough like that, etc.  I tried to tell her it was deviled ham.  She didn’t have any of it.  She sent me to my bedroom… you know pay the time for the crime.  Shucks… it was all in good fun.

But, I went to my room.  I hope mommy fed daddy some pineapple.  He seemed like he really wanted some.  And don’t worry, dad wasn’t hurt.  He thought it was kind of fun too.  We made apologies later in the day and all is good now.

But you see, that deviled ham is evil.  Do you have a deviled ham?

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2018 in Bacon

 

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Travels in the South

One night last week, mom was craving pasta.  Not just any pasta but a New Orleans Pasta from a local restaurant.  Look at this picture.  Wouldn’t you crave it too?  Mom doesn’t usually crave pasta but when she does, she always goes for this one.  It has penne pasta, shrimp, chicken, smoked sausage, peppers, onions and a spicy homemade Cajun alfredo sauce.  Doesn’t it look yummy?

The only thing mom hates about this pasta are the shrimp.  Why do they keep tails on the shrimp when they serve it in a pasta like this?  Mom has to stop and take the time to remove all of the tails so she can jump right in and eat.  What do you think about this pasta?

 

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Journal of Healthier Living – Weeks 3 and 4

Welcome my friends.  I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living.  It’s a step in the right direction for sure.  I hope you come along for the ride.  Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share.  Hope you enjoy.  Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤

 


Week of 01/21-01/27/2018 – Week 3 (MILES MOVED: 5.96)

“Dear Journal – Slow and easy wins the race.  Recuperation from my surgery is going well; however, my rheumatoid arthritis is deciding to flare up.  I went back on a different RA medicine.  It so hates me and is not agreeing with my body.  I will give it another week to settle.  If it doesn’t, then we will go to plan B… whatever that might be.  I want to get back into my exercising.  It’s true what they say.  Trying to get back into a plan is the hardest thing in the world.  I was really burning some miles and then I had to stop because of surgery.  It’s hard finding my way back.  But I will!  I am determined if not anything else.  At least my food choices have been on key – that’s definitely a plus.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could all eat anything we wanted with no consequences?  I’m not as young as I was once – LOL.”

Week of 01/28-02/03/2018 – Week 4 (MILES MOVED: 5.62)

“Dear Journal – This week started slow.  I had some type of virus going around the office.  I’m so thankful that we share everything – not!  I was home Monday/Tuesday which also led me to the point of coming off of my RA medicine.  It so was not agreeing with my body.  I’ve been speaking with my doctor back/forth about it and we both decided to stop it.  For the past three months, I worked on a pain management plan.  I think I’m going to stay on that for a while.  I need my body to catch up and even out.  It’s been hard these past three months going through so many physical changes.  I’m happy with the surgery.  I just need things to chill out now with everything else.  Can you believe it’s been almost three months since surgery?  Sometimes it just seems like yesterday.  I so should have done this years ago!  I feel like a new person in that aspect.”

 

Oh and by the way, I bought an air fryer for the house.  I’m going to be using it in the future and hopefully sharing with you some awesome recipes.  Do you have one?  If so, share some recipes.  An air fryer circulates heat  at a high speed around the items that you are cooking.  This produces a crispy top layer to what you are cooking.  It doesn’t use oil like you would if you fried foods.  And being in the south, we know our fried foods.  Using an air fryer will hopefully help our waistlines in cooking healthier and eating more at home.  I will keep you updated on what foods we cook.

 


These two weeks walked: 11.58

TOTAL 2018 Miles:  31.64

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  541.06

 

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 

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Are You Ready for Some Bowl Games??

 First off, let’s talk about the most important bowl game today – Puppy Bowl. The show starts promptly at 3PM on the Animal Planet.  If you’ve never seen the Puppy Bowl, you really need to watch it today.  It is totally awesome and keeps me busy cheering for hours.  Daddy has his game later today (which I’ll tell you about in a minute) and I have my game with the Puppy Bowl.

And don’t think that the Puppy Bowl is just about a lot of puppies on the screen doing nothing.  There’s actually a referee, puppy touchdowns, penalties, timeouts and substitutions.  That’s right – it’s a Puppy Bowl to see!

The rules are easy.  Puppies go on the field and when a puppy drags one of the football shaped toys into the end zone, a puppy touchdown is declared.  If a puppy has an accident on the field by ‘going to the bathroom’, a penalty is called.  If the water bowls need to be refilled or puppies get into a fight, timeouts are called.  And, you know what they call it when the puppies get into squabbles?  Unnecessary rrruuufffness.  Snorts.  And if the puppies fall asleep, substitutions are sent in to play.

Over the years, they’ve had different ‘cheerleaders’.  In the past, I’ve seen hedgehogs, bunny cheerleaders, chicken cheerleaders and my favorite in 2012 was the Piggy Pep Squad.  Personally, I think they need to bring the Piggy Pep Squad back.  I would *so* want to try out  for the team.  I think I have what it takes.  I have the look.  I have the chemistry.  I have the personality.  I can dance.

But if the Puppy Bowl doesn’t it do it for you, you can always wait for dad’s game later today at 6:30PM.  THE Super Bowl.  Two really good teams will be going head to head – New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles.

And don’t forget the half time show on the Super Bowl either.  This year they are going to have Justin Timberlake performing.

And the other thing about the Super Bowl, you *have* to watch the commercials.  They are usually the most hilarious commercials to remember for the night.  So my friends, get your snacks and drinks ready.  Go to the potty early so you can enjoy all of the fun today.  Get comfy on the couch.  I’m going to be watching the shows all day long.  And hopefully, mom will pop me some popcorn.

Are you ready for some football!?

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2018 in Bacon

 

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