Fresh cucumber salad

Today I picked our first cucumbers from the garden. Rather than using them as garnish for lettuce salad or in a sandwich, I decided to make them into a salad. The internet has lots of cucumber salad recipes.  I wanted something simple and light. I found one that sounded good and modified it a bit to use what we had. Here’s what I finally came up with. My family really enjoyed it so I thought I’d share the recipe since it’s garden season.

2 medium cucumbers sliced then cut in halves

1/2 large tomato chopped

1/4 onion chopped

3/4 cup sour cream

1 Tbs  lemon juice

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

fresh dill

Slice cucumbers then cut slices in half. Add vinegar and salt. Toss to mix. Set in fridge half hour.

Chop 2 Tbs fresh dill. Mix lemon juice with sour cream. Add dill and a dash of black pepper.  After half hour remove cucumbers from fridge. Drain and discard liquid. Stir cucumber, tomato, and onion into sauce. That’s it. Easy and yummy.


Fitness update 2009 #8; new videos

I’ve lost a pound and half this week, putting me just under 165. I still have another pound and a half to lose before meeting this month’s goal. I gained back some of last month’s loss at the beginning of this month so with the shorter month, I’m to work extra hard these last few weeks. Overall, I’ve lost 5 pounds this year.

We’ve been spending a fair amount of time in the pool. I’ve been doing water aerobics Wednesday evenings. We also have been to the pool two other times during the week.

There here! Yesterday’s mail had the Turbo Jam. I just checked to tracking code for Rockin Body and it’s here. Yeah! It seems they’ve both had an adventure getting to me. It took 2 weeks for Rockin Body to go from Washington state up here supposedly Priority Mail. Turbo Jam’s trip was even stranger.

I really don’t understand how Turbo Jam even made it to me. I was told it would be sent UPS or FedEx so I gave my home address. We don’t have mail delivery here but since it was being sent by carrier I wasn’t worried. Well it came by US Mail instead. On the box was written NMR (shorthand for no mail receptacle) so obviously the mail tried to deliver it to my house then that address crossed out and changed to our po box. We don’t have anything saying to send or forward mail to the post office since we use the post office for all our mail already. I don’t know how they connected our house address to the post office box but that’s what happened. It was at the post office late this morning. I’m amazed I got it and not surprised at the delay now that I know what happened.

So I did the Learn & Burn of Turbo Jam yesterday and today. Talk about uncoordinated. I was just flailing around it seemed. Oh well. I’ll figure it out. She goes from move to move with no break to think. I kept tripping over myself. I also did the 20 minute workout today. I was sweating but didn’t feel I really “exercised”, just flailed around. Plus, I couldn’t tell which side we were supposed to be working or when to switch. Oh well, at least it wasn’t a struggle and I never felt like quitting. I just need to practice. It was actually a bit fun and I think will be more so as I learn the routines better. This is something that would be great fun in a real group, but my gym doesn’t offer it. I’m not using the weighted gloves. I want to learn what I’m doing first.

I’m eager to try Rockin Body tomorrow. I think I may be a bit sore around my sides from all the bending and twisting though.

We went to Subway yesterday and again today. Yesterday was because we were frantically working on finishing our taxes and today was to celebrate finishing them. It’s the only place we can eat out without blowing our diet and the kids enjoy.

I’ve eaten the tub of salad greens and need to buy another. Yesterday’s dinner was half an apple and a slice of cheddar cheese after Turbo Jam workout before heading off for water aerobics.

My husband was wanting hot dogs for dinner one night. Well, I decided to try tofu dogs rather than greasy additive laden regular hot dogs. I also bought whole wheat buns for them. They were surprisingly very good. My son doesn’t like hot dogs very much but he really liked these. We all did. I will have to buy them more often.

I fear I’m getting sick. My throat is raw and starting to get chest and head congested with possibly fever. Ugh. Oh well, at least I’ll be well before we leave rather than getting sick right before leaving like last summer. I hope I feel ok tomorrow because it is the kids last dog mushing race. I’d hate to have them miss it because I’m sick.

A salad a day keeps the pounds away

I had a small epiphany Sunday while wandering through Safeway that part of the reason for my wonderful 2.5 pound loss a couple weeks ago and nil last week was the differences in foods I ate. I don’t know why it was such as surprise to me but it was. I still ate good and healthy both weeks following NO S guidelines but there was a difference. The great loss week, I had a large green salad as a meal once a day, either lunch or dinner. I also ate less carbs that week. The nil week we were out of salad fixings so I ate sandwiches or pasta.

My salads have the usual lettuce, but also sliced carrots, onions, and mushrooms. I’m out of sunflower seeds or I’d put some on as well. I use either salsa or light Italian dressing on top along with a little grated cheese and perhaps a slice of lunch meat. However, the bulk of the salad is the lettuce and veggies.

Also, the lettuce was a big bagged salad mix. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, these bags don’t last very long compared to whole heads of lettuce. That gave me incentive to keep eating salads. I hate to waste food. I mentioned this to my husband and he agreed that if I was using that as motivation to keep eating salad and therefore loosing weight, I could keep buying the salad bags. So as I was wandering around Safeway, I bought a big tub of mixed greens. Mixed greens taste better and are so much better for you than just plain iceberg lettuce for salads.

Since we have salad fixings again, I need to work on keeping my processed carbs low. That should be easy if we have lots of veggies and fruit to replace them with. I’m not saying no carbs. Last night we had whole wheat spaghetti. But I only had half a plate. The other half was asparagus. Today, I’m getting ready to have a salad for lunch.

We’re all enjoying having veggies again. My kids are munching on baby carrots. For each math problem my son finishes, he can eat a carrot. This gives him a few very small breaks but still gets the math done.

I’m also trying to increase my calcium. That sometimes can help with weight loss. I bought 2 big cartons of Mountain High plain yogurt and a box of Special K cereal to sprinkle into it. The pre-fruited yogurts have way to much sugar and additives. I’ll find out at the end of the week if this change of foods will make a difference again.