A Note to my Scale

How could you betray me like that? I have been working my a@$! off and you tell me I’ve gained five pounds? Seriously? I wasn’t expecting a miracle but no change would have been better than a 5 pound increase! You’re lucky you are owned by my gym, because if you were mine I would have picked you up and thrown you across the room and watched as your parts scattered across the room. As a matter of fact I fantasized about just that today. Maybe I could have even taken you out to the parking lost and driven over you with my car. Don’t you ever pull a stunt like that again!

Dear Pasta: It’s not you. It’s me.

My love affair with pasta has to end. Pasta has been in my life as long as I can remember. Pasta has brought me a lot of  joy and comfort through out the years, we have shared many special events together and pasta is always there for me.  The love I have for pasta has become an addiction, I think of pasta constantly. When I’m tired, hungry, angry, happy, sad I want pasta. I have caught myself starting at my children’s plates during dinner hoping they aren’t going to finish it so I can have their left over pasta. I have waited until the kids are being tucked in and then gone into the kitchen to eat pasta left overs right out of the pot. Tonight, I overindulged and then went to step class. Bad move. It was at the moment I could barely lift my leg for a four repeater  (my step class lingo)  that I realized the love affair has to end. So here goes:

Dear Pasta,

Thank you for the satisfaction you have brought me all my life. I am unable to control myself around you. I love you too much and it is for that reason, that we can’t see each other anymore. You can’t stop by my plate as a “side”. You may be able to come in smaller portions but my self control just doesn’t exist around you. It is time to say good bye. Remember you are perfect just the way you are. It’s me, not you.

The LibertyDee Oatmeal Strawberry Smoothie

I did not originally intend to add recipes to this blog.  Obviously, I have changed my mind. What I will offer here is not gourmet cooking, it wont be creative and at times may even seem a little strange. But as I endeavor to get into shape and lose 50 pounds, I will be giving regular updates about what I eat and what I have cooked. My intention now, is that perhaps someone will find a meal or a snack that they may want to try inorder to help them on their own weight loss journey. Try at your own risk:

The LibertyDee Oatmeal Strawberry Smoothie

Put all of the following ingredients into a blender or “Magic Bullet” type of gadget:

  • 2 teaspoons of One Minute Quaker Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of low fat milk (I use 1 lactose free milk but you can use rice milk, coconut milk etc
  • 1/2 cup of water (I use tap water)
  • A handful of frozen Strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of Peanut Butter ( this adds a little fat to help you feel full and a bit of protein)
Ingredients before blending
Ingredients before blending

Blend thoroughly and drink! If you find that the the chunkiness of the oatmeal bothers you you have two options:

1. Let the smoothie mixture sit for 5 minutes before blending. This allows the oatmeal to dissolve more.

2. Put less oatmeal

I find this smoothie will hold me over for a few hours. Let me know if you try it 🙂

Blended Smoothie
Blended Smoothie