Thanks for your sweet and kind comments yesterday. The more we hear about the incident at the Amish school, the worse it gets, doesn't it? I'm not sure why this is affecting me the way it is. I can't get the picture of all those innocent little girls out of my mind.
Not taking care of myself won't help them or me, though, and I did better yesterday with both exercise and food. I even cooked dinner for one. My husband was out of town; I rarely fix a Real Recipe just for me when he's gone.
On my Google homepage, one of the 'segments' is a Recipe of the Day. I ignored the tempting title of this one for quite a while, thinking it would be too high-calorie to fit into my plan. If you're a fan of curried dishes, do try it.
I modified it to bring it in at less than 350 calories – including the rice! – and made a generous single serving of it very easily. Since I'm a pinch-here and dash-there kind of cook, I don't dare try to write down the changes I made. Basically I reduced the amount of chicken to four ounces, substituted cooking spray for the olive oil and slashed all the other ingredients by three-fourths or more. I probably could have had just as tasty a dish with only one tablespoon of peanut butter. I also added a handful of snow peas for extra crunch and color.
I've switched my calories in/calories out software program from Don's Calorie Tracker to the more expensive but far more comprehensive Calorie King. If you're running Macintosh OS X and have been looking for a standalone product similar to FitDay, this is it. They offer a seven-day free trial download, just to get you hooked. So far it has everything I've been looking for.
I both lifted weights and rowed yesterday. I quit my morning rowing after 20 minutes, but didn't shower right away, thinking I'd do more later. And I did do 20 more minutes in the early afternoon. Twenty minutes at a time is easier to take at this stage than doing 40 or 60 all at once.
The twin sweaters are both finished and blocked. I've found suitable buttons and will be sewing them on this morning and mailing the package today. [Photos here tomorrow.] I then found all the pieces of the Seville Jacket that I'd stashed in a drawer when we had houseguests, so putting it together will be my next project. The sleeves need to be ripped back a couple inches at the top, as there's too much fabric to fit neatly into the armsceye. How do I know? I've sewn one in, and am in the process of taking out that seam now.
In knitting and in weight loss, it's two steps forward and one step back.