Total weight loss: 14 pounds! Part of that is likely due to not being able to swallow much solid food since I’ve been sick. Just wait until I’m better and my taste and appetite comes back. Watch out grocery store! It could get ugly 😉
I have a confession to make. I have yet to do any real exercise since I started this weight loss journey. Oh, I’ve managed to get in a few pushups using the edge of the bathroom sink for balance (trust me this works. You can really feel the burn in your upper arms). I’ve played several mean games of basketball and bowling on the Will. But when it comes to physically working out, I’d rather sit on my comfortable couch, wrapped in a blanket, watching a movie on Lifetime or “The Real Housewives of whatever city” is on Bravo.
No more! Today, I am setting a new goal that will include at least 2 days of physical activity a week. I have “no excuse” because I have a new elliptical sitting in my garage and weights. I challenge you to do the same. Find some physical activity that you can do for 30 minutes and make that your goal at least twice a week (you can do more or less depending on your physical ability). Share with me what exercise you picked and why.
How many of you find it difficult to gulp down the recommended amount of water during the day? Do you even know the recommended amount? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) a day. The for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) a day. You are starting to panic, right? Your mind is racing with the question of how in the world am I going to drink that much water? Hold up! I’ve got an easy solution that I borrowed from my General Manager. Use a drinking straw! Most people have a tendency to drink faster and more water through a straw. This makes it easier to have the recommended cups a day – good hydration helps with metabolism, prevents headaches and water retention, eases joint pains and reduces appearance of winkles. I like my water cold with cubed ice. Just a preference 🙂
I love granola bars but the ones you buy at the grocery store can have a lot of calories and sugar. A few years ago, I developed my own recipe that is much healthier. Give them a try! Remember-portion control! Don’t eat the entire batch in one setting. I’d go for one small bar a day.
Elizabeth’s Homemade Granola Bars
- cooking spray
- 2 Tbsp. Splenda brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole oats
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup granola
- 1/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, apples, whatever you like)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup almonds (or other nut you like)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Melt together the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, butter flavored spread, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Stir until well combined; remove from heat.
- Combine the oats, granola, and cinnamon, in a large bowl.
- Pour the brown sugar mixture into bowl; stir well to combine.
- Stir in the chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, and almonds.
- Spoon into the prepared pan; pat down and spread evenly.
- Bake in oven until browned, 15 to 20 minutes.
Cut into small size bars. Enjoy!
Have a great Wednesday!