Motivation?

What’s That!?!

Why I should get out more!

I totally missed my weigh-in on the 1st of the month. I think my subconscious took over & kept it from the conscious side of my brain. I discovered why when I stepped on the scale a couple of days later!

I’ve tried being nice to myself & I’ve tried yelling at myself. Neither approach worked. I’m failing, miserably, at the weight loss game, at the moment. Did the same cajoling & yelling thing trying to quit smoking. Same result, I’m still smoking. Sometimes, you just need to take a break & do something completely different.

I blew the dust off the health app on my phone & thought I’d try getting outside a little more. Maybe that would blow some of the dust off my addled brain. So I’ve been talking a walk, only a short one, every day for the past 3 days. A walk by the water is especially calming.

Today, my app gave me a little encouragement. It told me that my average daily step count for October is already better than my average daily count for all of last month. For cryin’ out loud, it’s only the 6th! What on earth was I doing in September!?! No wonder the scale isn’t budging!

Don’t worry, I know what average means. I’m just trying to trick my lymbic system here! πŸ™„πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

I should probably carry on with these little walks, eh? And perhaps without that whole cajoling & yelling thing.

Motivation is sometimes hard to find. But there’s probably no need for adding that kind of abuse to the recipe. I’m just going to let it be for a little while & see what happens. I’m beginning to think that motivation, or at least the forced kind, is a little overrated.

Meantime, & before winter sets in, I’m just going to enjoy the walks & see if I can get some nice fall pics along the way.

Hope you are enjoying the walks in your neighbourhood. And if your walks happen to be in the vicinity of white sandy beaches, shaded by palm trees, please send me some pics! 🌴🍹

Stay safe out there.

Results … Month #26

Unbelievable! 😜😁

I was on vacation last week, local driving only allowed without quarantine, & I really enjoyed myself. That’s fat-person code for “I stuffed my face the whole time”! In my defense we were in Cape Breton & it’s tough not to have seafood. At least twice a day. The seafood wasn’t the issue, of course, but the stuff that accompanied it might have been a problem. Especially the desserts! 😜

If you ever get the chance, when this whole pandemic is behind us, seize any opportunity you can to visit the island wonderland that is Cape Breton.

Nature’s beauty & bounty, with Acadian & Scots Gaelic flavours!

But enough of that, let’s get back to this month’s weigh in. I had no warning that the battery was on the way out. But I’ll admit that I was overjoyed to see, instead of a big number, a big “LO” on the scale this morning. Fortunately, I didn’t have a spare battery available so I’m starting off this month thinking that my weight is low & that I don’t need to worry about it! πŸ˜‚

Okay, I know I’m being silly. But let me take a little pleasure from it. Just for a bit.

Hope all is well in your little corner of the world & that you’re getting through all the complications & limitations of living with the pandemic. I’ve adjusted to many of the restrictions pretty well, but I’m definitely struggling on the dietary front. Maybe this month I’ll find the key to losing weight, while enduring this new normal.

Have a great September & stay safe out there.

Is This Dangerous?

The First Wok Creation!

Got around to trying out the new wok last night. Along with the new silicone spatula that I picked up at the same time. Both were a huge success. Great heat transfer to the wok so yes, it works really well with induction. The spatula has a slightly rounded front edge. The shape just about matches the contour of the wok, so it’s perfect for rounding up the errant little bits trying to climb the walls & escape. Unfortunately, with the softer silicone material, you lose the sound effects of the spatula beating the crap out of the wok! Small price to pay for everything else being so good though. The stainless steel isn’t coated with a non-stick surface, but nothing stuck to it. And my first stir-fry was mouth-wateringly, unbelievably, ridiculously delicious!

But … was it safe?

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten that much, nor that variety, of vegetable, all at one sitting, before. Ever!

I must have had more than a dozen different veggies in there. And I just now noticed the pic, it’s amazing that none of them were red or orange, eh! I did add some shrimp but, otherwise, this is almost vegetarian eating, isn’t it?

I don’t know what’s going on here. This shift towards veggies is unnerving me a bit!?! 😜

And …

Is it even safe to eat that much vegetable matter all at once!?! πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚

Wok Me!

My wok arrived. And 3 days ahead of schedule! Guess the supply chain is adjusting to the pandemic. Knew I shoulda bought the Amazon stock! Yes, I feel guilty that I didn’t shop locally but they didn’t have a model I wanted so I went to the online gorilla.

Still worried that it might not work on my induction stove, I immediately stuck it on the stove top & fired up the burner on max boost. While I waited for it, I grabbed the manual & one of the first things I read is to not put it on high heat with nothing in it. Oops!

Fortunately, I caught it while it was still cold. Disaster averted. I know the carbon steel ones are the more authentic choice but I always let those go rusty when I go off wok cooking for a bit, so stainless steel is the (lazier!) way to go for me.

Buying online can be hazardous. A picture is worth a thousand words though they can, sometimes, be totally misleading. Not this time; this wok is a great size. I get very enthusiastic while wokking, so having a high & wide vessel keeps most of the food in the wok. And I can cook lots of stuff all at once. I like the size. But what’s the lid for? Stopping the moisture from escaping just makes everything taste boiled, no? Can you steam wontons or dumplings in it?

It’s so long since I got rid of my last wok that I can’t remember what my favourite wok dishes were. It’s like starting out on a whole new adventure. I do remember that it was one way for me to eat veggies. Cover anything in oil or fat & its appeal goes way up.

Now that I’ve got it, I really have no excuse to avoid eating a little better through what’s left of this month. Might be time to risk a trip to the supermarket.

If you’ve got any good recipe ideas, please send ’em my way.

Hope you, & all those you care about, are making it though the pandemic & its restrictions okay. Stay safe out there.

Results … Month #24 & Canada Day!

Snap!

Exactly the same as last month but, given how things have been going during the COVID lockdown, that’s a good thing! First month during the pandemic that I haven’t gained 10 lbs!

But what does that mean?

No clue. But who cares? I’ll take it!

I did, however, order a wok online. No clue what’s going on with that either. I’m just trusting my subconscious is doing the right thing. Or it’s just my shopaholic gene cutting in! Regardless, I’m hoping it’ll inspire me to do something better in July. Though I’ve had “induction ready” products not work on my stove before too! Fingers crossed this will work & I’ll be wokking & rolling this new month.

And that’s enough of that nonsense for today, because today is Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦