Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bits and Pieces and Blogrolls

My weight is sitting at 193 right now, which is down 12 pounds from 16 days ago but up 15 pounds from those pictures of me at 100 pounds lost on the left side of my blog. Two weeks ago I struggled to find anything in my closet that would fit without giving me a pronounced muffin top, but now that bulge is almost completely gone. I am back to wearing just about any top in my closet without worrying how my waist looks. My pants have once again gotten loose and I feel lighter when I walk. It's amazing to me how huge a difference 12 pounds can make! A lot of that was water/inflammation, so I just feel better all around from that and the associated pain being gone.

Yesterday for dinner I made a variation of cauliflower "potato" salad. I was wanting a simple, one-dish dinner that fits the Medifast Lean & Green criteria without a lot of fuss, so I just dumped 1.5 cups of cold, steamed cauliflower in a bowl with 3 peeled, cold hard boiled eggs and rough mashed them with a potato masher so that there were still some chunks of cauliflower and egg white. Then I added a couple spoonfuls of light mayonnaise, a teaspoon of yellow mustard, a minced dill pickle spear, half a small stalk of celery (chopped), and some onion powder, sea salt, black pepper, and dried dill. I mixed this all up and it made a really delicious bowl of low carb "potato" salad that also satisfied my cravings for egg salad and/or devilled eggs. I see no reason to even make actual potato salad again, since cauliflower is healthier and just as good in this recipe!

My "puppy," as you can see from the picture in the last post, is getting big! She is ten months old and weighs about 60 pounds now. We are staying active with lots of walks, tracking, obedience classes, dock diving, and fetching. She is the best activity partner ever!

Let's see, what else is new? Oh, I've been working on cleaning up the Bethany McDonald Memorial Blogroll. If you're new to Bethany's story and the blogroll, click the link and check it out. If you want to be added, let me know! Take some time to read the stories of so many wonderful folks trying to improve their health and lose weight. The Blogroll is a great place to make new friends and get new readers for your own blog as well. You can form truly meaningful relationships through blogging! I am in the process of adding new blogs, deleting broken links, and just generally cleaning the blogroll up a bit. I do go in every so often and delete blogs that have not updated in more than 3 months; otherwise, half the blogroll would be 'dead'/deserted blogs. So if you are on the blogroll and haven't posted on your blog in more than 3 months but would like to stay on the blogroll, please take a minute to update/post on your blog sometime this week, even if it is just "I'm still here, just busy!" and then I won't delete you. If you've been deleted and would like to be re-added at any time, let me know! I will add you back. There is always a link to the Memorial Blogroll on the left side of my blog.

Also on the left sidebar of my blog are two other blogrolls: one, a short personal blogroll of folks I have been reading for ages and enjoy. The other is the new Healthy Foods/Recipes blogroll which links to lots of great food blogs that show healthy recipes and meals (low carb and otherwise). Check out that blogroll when you need some mealtime inspiration!

I am still updating my meals (usually) on Twitter, and I also have a Facebook page if you'd like to hook up there. And there is also my BlogFrog community if you ever feel like chatting about anything weight-loss related. There is an "add yourself" blogroll there, as well. Check it out sometime if you're bored!

Have a great, healthy day! If not now, when?


Kelliann said...

I would love to be added to the blogroll: http://lifeincareer-sis.blogspot.com/
Thank you! I am so glad you are feeling good!

Princess Dieter said...

I check the Bethany Blogroll daily, just about. Just to see how folks are doing (even just reading the peek into the post is sometimes enough to make me decide to drop by or not).

I was trying to get one of the bloggers to come back and NOT quit. She hadn't updated in months. I guess she gave up. Makes me kinda sad. But I left maybe a half dozen comments....you do what you can.

I still get sad seeing Bethany's smiling face and knowing she's gone... :(

But we do what we can to live longer and spend MORE time with those we love. On we go, working to get better and better...

Thanks for maintaining the blogroll. It means a lot to me.

Mer and Mo said...

I am not a fan of cauliflower, but that recipe actually sounds pretty yummy - good way to have that "potato salad" treat, but not as bad for you. And thanks for the links to blog rolls...always good to find other support as well as keeping the ones you have, too!!!

Staying MOtivated MO

Rachel said...

Hi Lyn! Your various blogrolls have been a great resource to me. I posted this elsewhere last night, but just to make sure you see it, I have started a blog at http://too-much-input.tumblr.com and would love to be included in the memorial blogroll. Thank you!

Danielle said...

Blogrolls are great! I'd love to be added!

My blog is www.changesnextexit.com

Thanks, Danielle

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be added to the blogroll! What a great resource!


Happy Fun Pants said...

12 pounds in 15 days is actually amazing.

Know what I love so much about you and your journey? That you keep at it. That each pound you lose for the first time or for the fiftieth time, you choose to learn something more about yourself.

You are so much stronger now than what you ever have been.

Also, YAY for disappearing muffin tops! I'm looking forward to experiencing the same thing. :)

PlumPetals said...

I've recently started substituting cauliflower for potato in various recipes and I'm amazed at how well it works! I'll definitely try out this recipe too!

Awesome job on shedding those 12 pounds! :)

Undercover Dieting said...

I would love to be added to the blogroll! http://undercoverdieting.blogspot.com/

I read a little on the blogroll site and Bethany's blog, and it was so sad to see how one day she was blogging and then she was just gone. Must have been so hard for everyone close to her! :'(

Anonymous said...

I am a fairly new blogger, had never heard of Bethany. I followed the link and just spent a lot of time reading through some of her posts. :( So tragic! You are a wonderful soul for keeping up a memorial blogroll for her, it is appreciated.

I would like to be added to the blogroll and it is something I will pay attention to in order to find new blogs to read, hear their voices and offer support.


Thank you!