Saturday, September 5, 2009

Happy Labor Day!

I am feeling so happy today and so full of energy! This was a really solid week for me, with lots of good healthy foods, moderation, no binges or junky stuff, and plenty of exercise. It's amazing how great one can feel and how much more positive one's outlook on life becomes when the body is well fed and taken care of. I shudder to think of how many days in my life were lived in a sugar fog, feeling lethargic and just *blah.* No more of that!

I did my Jillian workout DVD again yesterday and it felt WAY harder to me. I think the first time I did it I was just so distracted by trying to figure out what to do that it flew by. This time I was able to do more reps and more moves correctly and it was VERY enjoyable and OBVIOUSLY a workout. I was sweating, pushing myself, and at the end feeling wiped out. But the rest of the day I had *more* energy. My triceps are really feelin' it, too.

This morning my husband came in with gallons and gallons of fresh tomatoes from the garden, so today is another sauce-making day. I am going to try this recipe but substitute 7 cups of fresh chopped & seeded tomatoes for the cans of tomatoes in the recipe. I'll still use the tomato paste. I plan to add a bit more garlic and some fresh basil, and simmer the sauce all afternoon with the meatballs (made from extra lean beef... one pound, halving the meatball recipe but not halving the sauce recipe) plus some chicken Italian sausages. This sauce will be served over Barilla Plus pasta with sauteed zucchini and summer squash. My plate will be 3/4 veggies, 1/4 pasta, plenty of sauce, one meatball and half a sausage. I can't wait!

It's rather mild out today and I *think* my stroller is fixed, so I plan a nice long walk later today. My knees are hurting me quite a bit at the moment so I need to take something before I go.

If you're planning (or worrying about) a barbecue for Labor Day, here are some great ideas to get you grilling! You do not have to eat greasy hamburgers and hot dogs, even if you're going to someone else's house to eat. It is perfectly acceptable for you to bring something and ask your host to throw it on the grill for you. Don't fear the grill!

Have a great weekend!

22 comments:

screwdestiny said...

That recipe sounds great! Has me wishing I had the time (or, let's be real here, the will) to make my own pasta sauce. Glad you're still enjoying your workout!

Friend of the Bear said...

Hi Lyn. Glad you are feeling so good these days. I'm really happy for you. The sauce should be fantastic!

Have a lovely walk and hope the knees hold up OK.

Best wishes,
Bearfriend xx

♥ Dee ♥ said...

If you are feeling even more veggerific, use spaghetti squash in place of pasta!

Retta said...

Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious! I'll be trying it some time in the near future!

*fitcetera* said...

Boy it's great to see you feeling so up and happy!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Sounds like you're in tremendous spirits. Good for you!

Hope you have a happy Labor Day!

Lisa eats too much pizza said...

Glad you are feeling so great!

Lyn said...

Dee~

Thanks!! I totally forgot I had one in my pantry from the Farmer's Market! So much easier to nuke a spaghetti squash than to cut up and saute all the other stuff :)

It was great!

45+ and Aspiring said...

Ooooh! I'm so jeolous! I wish I had a slew of fresh tomatoes to make gazpacho. . .yummy stuff.

Tammy said...

I decided to take charge on the Labor Day cookout...I invited my family to my house this Monday so I can control all the food!! I'm grilling veggies, salmon, shrimp and scallops...gonna' be fantastic!! :)

South Beach Steve said...

We've been doing our share of canning with tomatoes and other veggies so far this year. It gets old sometimes, but I know how good that homegrown food is in the winter.

Damjana said...

Glad to read you feel so happy now! You've figured out how much good eating&some exercise contribute to good mood.
Have fun with the tomato sauce!

carla said...

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

moonduster said...

The recipe sounds really yummy! :)

Glad to hear you are feeling so energized! :)

antgirl said...

Happy to you!

Glad you're feeling happy. Mmmm. Tomatoes. From the garden.

operationmuffintop said...

Mmm.. your pasta sauce sounds soo good and your meal spot on!! :) Sounds like you're doing great with the 30 Day Shred.. I love it!!!

Theophilus Academy said...

You are doing so great!!!! It only gets better from here....trust me!!!!

Roberta said...

Great encouraging words Lyn,I am working out at a slow pace right now .Can't wait until Sept19th when I start my actual routine.You are positive to follow.

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

It's really good to see you so happy and full of energy!! It makes me happy. :)

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cmoursler said...

Grilled food cuts the fat and tastes great, I love tomatoes. Jealous of your tomatoes, but not the canning. lol. Hope all goes well with your eating and exercising this coming week.
Chris

paula said...

Nothing beats having a great day of healthy food and activity. Your sauce sounds delicioso.