I'm a 50 something grandma from Indiana. I love to quilt, sew, crochet, garden and bake bread. I live with my hubby of 30+ years, our maltese Zudi, and 14 chickens, hence the name grandma chicken.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Diet and Exercise
Since October I've been working really hard to lose weight. I developed "runner's knee" last summer and the amazing thing is a runner I am not! Unless of course you count running between the ironing board and my sewing machine. Uh, there's about a foot of space between them. Anyway, I went to the doctor, he prescribed meds, sent me to PT and I was to use a cane. PT did wonders and my wonderful therapist didn't even suggest I lose weight to help the knee. But everyone knows the more weight you carry the harder it is on the joints so I started dieting. I am a Weight Watchers alumni (became a life time member back in the late 80's) but as you've probably guessed by now, I sort of fell off the eat right wagon. But I did go back to what I had learned in WW, and that meant writing everything down, counting and measuring. I also started exercising. My routine now consists of yoga and walking. I do two different yoga programs. One is Kurt Johnsen's Yoga for Life on the Veria channel and the other one is Deni Preston's Total Body Workout on the BYU channel. I have been doing yoga for about a year and a half now and love it! Not only for a firmer and more limber body but I also needed to improve my balance. Don't want to be one of the those little old ladies who fall and break a hip. Both programs are great and focus on different things depending on the day. On the days I don't yoga I walk using one of Leslie Sansone's programs. We can get them on demand through FIT tv for free. Right now I'm doing her Heart Association's Start Walking 3 mile program. I get too bored just out walking around the neighborhood. Leslie keeps things interesting and although I've seen the show a lot of times I never get bored with her. So anyway, since October I've lost 50 pounds! I got out clothes for this summer I hadn't been able to get into for ever. And I also have noticed when I grocery shop I am now shopping the outer fringes of the store. Lots of fresh fruits and veggies and very little processed foods. I'm also experimenting with new things I've never tried before. And with that said here's a great no bake granola bar recipe using agave syrup (something new I discovered).
NO BAKE GRANOLA BARS
2 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups uncooked quick oats
1/2 cup yellow raisins
1/2 cup brown sugar substitute
1/2 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
In large bowl mix cereal, oats and raisins.
Bring brown sugar substitute and agave to a boil stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon.
Pour over ceral mixture, stir till coated.
Press into a 13x9 inch pan and cool.
Cut into 16 bars.
140 cal. each.
till next time.....