November 27, 2007 at 3:16 am | Posted in carrot puree, Family Meals, spinach puree | 2 Comments

Baby Spinach, so easy and so good for you! I’ve made these hamburgers a couple of times now and each time my kids raved and ate.

Hamburgers (with spinach and carrots)
1.25 lbs lean ground beef
1/2 cup baby spinach puree*
1/2 cup carrot puree
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Shape patties, some big for adults, some mini for the kids. On a non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray, cook hamburgers 5-7 minutes per side, depending on how thick they are. Mom Tip: While the patties cook, have the kids cut out buns using wheat bread and cookie cutters. Tonight my kids used gingerbread, Christmas tree, and stocking shapes. My son refused to let me photo his tree shaped burger, but it was so cute!

*Baby spinach is super easy because there is no cooking necessary! Just grab a big handful of clean baby spinach and put it in the food processor.

solutions week 3

November 27, 2007 at 2:58 am | Posted in Diet and Exercise, solutions | 3 Comments

Saturday– I went to a baby shower brunch today. Skipped the sausages and scones. Enjoyed the eggs, fruit, and a muffin. It was a cheesecake “cake”, not really worth the calories, but how do you say, “no” at a shower? Dinner was finished by 6:15pm.

No gym or walk tonight. I’ve only been to the gym three times this past week. And it’s not really part of our weekend routine.

– No gym today, but I walked around the classroom for hour after hour. I figure I took a lot of steps today…perhaps I need a pedometer. DH went out to dinner, we finished by 7:15pm and then walked the mall for an hour.

– Gym day! I did 20 minutes on the StairMaster “StairMill”. You know the machine that is like walking up flights of stairs. I did 58 floors. Okay, I admit that I was going pretty slow and could have gone faster, but I wanted to get my bearings on the thing. After that I did 15 quick minutes on the elliptical and then went into the empty aerobic room and did some arms, abs and a bunch of lunges.

Tonight I’m hungry, and I want to eat something. But it’s almost 8pm. I didn’t have dinner, but that’s because I ate so much banana bread this afternoon, I wasn’t hungry for dinner, and then I had a haircut appointment at 6pm, so I missed my window.

-No gym this morning, but I did get the carpets clean. Such a feeling of accomplishment! This evening dinner was finished at 6:15pm and then I went for a 25 minute walk.

– Went to the gym this morning and got in 35 minutes on the elliptical. Then I did some ab work and squats on the ball. No walk this evening with dh in a meeting, but still got in 20 minutes of yoga.

Here’s a great tip, if you have On Demand, check out the exercise menu. There you can find lots of good workouts including the yoga and pilates I’ve been doing. It sure beats doing the same old exercise dvd’s I’ve had for years. Well, I made it through Thanksgiving weekend. Here’s a photo of my dear daughter and I on Thanksgiving. And I felt great!

It was so good to have my goals in mind. I kept to my challenge of not eating after 7pm and tried to walk when I could. The good news is that after sticking to my solutions for two weeks, I’ve lost 3/4 of an inch in my waist, so I’m down to 32 inches. And I can tell a difference in the way my clothes are fitting, yeah!

So, this week I am keeping to my goals of:

  • no eating after 7pm
  • walking after dinner when eating at home
  • go to the gym 4 days this week
  • no mindless eating while reading the newspaper

Today, Monday, I went to the gym. My “i-teach-p.e.-step-and-spinning” sister was in town and worked me in the weight room. I also did 35 minutes on the treadmill. This evening dinner was finished at 6:15pm and I went for a 25 minute walk afterwards.

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