Wednesday, February 4, 2009

First a little good news...

A few weeks ago I had blood drawn for a new patient profile at the Dr. office. So I received my lab results yesterday and my cholesterol is 129. I have never had high cholesterol, but this is the lowest it has ever been.

I have worked things out with my trainer and instead of being finished last week, we now have 12 more sessions, once per week until almost April. I am really happy about that because I was already worried about my self-discipline.

As of this week, I am down 20.6 pounds since October 1st and 30.6 pounds since May 2008. I had hoped my BMI would have crossed that threshold between categories but it is just barely holding on. Oh, well, next week.

I am learning to really like cottage cheese. For me, the simple solution has been blending it smooth. I have used it in the following 4 ways so far, and have several more to try soon. I've already gone through 2 medium size containers.
1) Add to protein shakes

2) Blend smooth with frozen strawberries, a little Splenda, a little milk, freeze

3) Add Hidden Valley Ranch powder to make a dip for vegetables or chips (it was Superbowl Sunday)...taste was somewhere between good and ok, may need to tweak the seasonings, but definitely has potential...hoping for a Ranch salad dressing substitution as well.

4) My favorite....replaced 1/2 the required cream cheese in a frozen peanut butter pie...could not tell the difference. I have rewritten the recipe with a few other changes and plan to make it again next week. Calories went from 305 per serving to possibly 135 with all the changes.

5) Almost forgot...I used smooth cottage cheese in place of mayo to make quick tuna salad one day. It was pretty bland, but tolerable. Will try again, I used ONLY tuna and cottage cheese, so I will try to add a few more seasonings.

I have a delicious spinach quiche recipe that includes feta cheese. I'm going to try replacing most or all of the feta with the cottage cheese, may not even blend it, since texture would be similar to the feta already.

Ok, a little off topic....I have become obsessed with the List of 25 Random Things about You on Facebook. Two aspects....the voyeur in me scours the pages of my "Friends" to read their lists...and the voice in my head is constantly trying to think of things to write on my List.

I sorted started my list and then realized everything sounded negative, like I was writing My List of 25 Random Inabilities and Shortcomings. So many other peoples were filled with awe inspiring accomplishments or overflowing with love for their husbands and families. Really, loving your husband is Random? Yeah, some days I can see it, but that wasn't what I was planning to tell my childhood friend that I haven't seen in years or the multitude of high school friends that I can barely remember and have to keep a yearbook next to the computer to spark a memory. Of course, they probably didn't want to know that I took down my Christmas tree on January 30th and I am totally ok with it, the white lights in the foyer make a great night light! Nor do they have any interest in the fact that I am paranoid of drinking spoiled milk or serving my kids spoiled milk, I even put ice cubes in their bottles or sippy cups when we leave the house so not to risk it.

So now I can't even come up with 25 things that I want to share with my "Friends" (by the way, I HATE that terminology on Facebook). But here are a few things that might have made the list, and they are pretty Random and useless...

--I learned to shoot a gun and drive a stick shift somewhere around the age of 12, might have been younger.

--I have a below average heart rate, resting is around 50 and sitting is around 58. And it is not because I am as fit as Lance Armstrong, it's just genetic.

--I graduated 2nd in my high school class, magna cum laude from college in 3 years, and have a Master's degree. But I have no idea what I will do when I go back to work and I rarely feel intelligent.

--I love that both of my boys have their dad's dimples.

--I taught high school science for 1 year and knew by Christmas break that I was not cut out to be a teacher.

--Both of my other professional jobs have been in sales. I hate sales and I am not good at persuading people to buy something they don't need. Again, I have no idea what I am going to do when I go back to work.

--I have known my husband for 21 years, dated him for 9.5 years, and have been married to him for 8.5 years. I love my husband. But if anything were to happen and we were to no longer be together, the first call I would make would be to the Dipsy Dumpster company to bring me an industrial size dumpster to throw all of his crap away. I might need two.

--I loved being pregnant so much the first time that I actually had thoughts that I might want to be a surrogate. The 2nd and 3rd pregnancies were very uncomfortable and I would probably shoot my husband if there were to be a 4th. (Refer to item #1 for proof of ability.)

Another very funny take on this current Facebook trend is at Pearls of Wisdom blog, take a look and be sure to read all the way to the bottom of her list.


  1. I enjoyed reading your list! And we have some things in common... I too know how to shoot a gun and I have a very low heart rate (and I am NOT fit!) Maybe knowing how to shoot a gun keeps one from being high strung? Hee hee hee.

    And hey! Thanks for the shout out! :)

  2. Haha.. I just completed my Facebook Random 25 yesterday. I was tagged like 10 times and just wanted to get it over with. Your list is great though! And it's good to hear its possible to start liking the dreaded cottage cheese!

  3. I'm terrified of spoiled milk too! I sometimes won't eat dairy a day or more before the expiry date!!

    Way to experiment with cottage cheese :) All of that sounds tasty! When I mix it with tuna, I toast it on bread so it becomes all gooey and melty. Yummmm....

  4. Wow, awesome random facts! Thanks for the headsup about the cottage cheese. I tried it once, and didn't really enjoy it. But I will try blending it!

    And being pregnant is fun? Isn't it painful too though?