Challenges and struggles my personal war with my body.

4 years ago

The struggle continues, and continues and continues....
by Linda Gauthier

Feel a bit like a freedom marcher singing "we shall overcome"
and in a sense, I guess I am.  I'm trying to free myself from 
this prison of weight.  What I have to remember is that I did 
not put it on overnight, and it's not going to come off
overnight either.  I've been trying to stick to it, and have
been increasing my activity in the hopes those euphoric 
endorphin's will kick in that people talk about from strenuous
 exercise, but so far that hasn't happened!!! 

However, I guess pushing the exercise machine, my husband got
for me on free Victoria, heavy though it may be, around the
living room floor is not classed as exercise.  Don't get me 
wrong, I do use it but I seem to move it more to plug it in, 
to vacuum, to catch the cat, to remove the laundry drying on
it, etc than I'm actually using it for its stated purpose.

This elliptical stair climber thingy works well, I can feel
my heart beating after a short time, but I don't really do 
perspiration well. Could be another reason I have a lard a--.
Thought of attaching a long stick to it with a donut on the 
end so I could pursue it while on my quest for beauty, 
but the cat keeps jumping at it and getting far more exercise
than I.I have a skipping rope, which is great outside, in the
good weather it keeps the wasps and flies away, but I think
I need to attach the pictures to the wall a little better 
before commencing doing that in the house.  Gary also has 
a chin lift bar that attaches on the door, great for upper 
body work etc. but not so effective attached at chin height
where I'd like to place it.My bingo arms are impressive 
flying in the breeze,but not so much in trying to propel
my body into the air and holding it there so I can rest my
chin on the bar. I usually do that after a few Chardonnay.
I hope you realize this was all said tongue-in-cheek and 
meant to be funny. I'm not quite as hopeless as I make out.

Speaking of tongue, I cooked a tongue the other night. Now 
don't go eew,if you didn't know what it was, you would think 
it tasted like any other piece of beef.Why, you may ask,
did I cook tongue? Well, it goes back to my childhood. My mom 
used to cook it and this is the time of year she passed away
just before Thanksgiving, and just about at my age. So, 
feeling nostalgic, I decided to make it.
So tonight I used the rest of it up in an easy 1 crust beef 


Beef Pot Pie

1/2 lb of beef (stewing beef, chuck steak or tongue if you
have it)
vegetables I used are zucchini, carrots, eggplant, onions, 
shallots, celery, mushrooms, 2 small potatoes, all cut into
cubes. Spinach leaves.
4 cups beef broth low sodium
2 tsp Epicure Selections Herb and Garlic
2 tsp Epicure Selections Hamburger seasoning
salt and pepper
1 tbsp corn starch mixed with some stock to form a rue

1. Saute onion shallots until translucent in pan sprayed 
with non-stick oil.  If your meat is raw, add it at this time, if
leftover pre-cooked, add at step 5.
2. add celery, carrots, potatoes, cook until starting to 
cook through
3. add most of the broth, save some aside for the rue.
4. add zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms.
5. add your spices and cooked meat
6. heat through until potatoes are tender and the meat is
cooked through.
7. add spinach at last minute.

I was able to make 4 small pies and have some leftover for 
my husband's lunch tomorrow.  We ate 2 pies and froze the 
others for a later date.  I served it with a Brocollini Slaw.

The pastry I used was the Weight Watchers Pastry, it came out
tender and flaky.

For the pastry:

5 1/2 oz plain flour
pinch of salt
2 1/4 oz low-fat spread. I used a vegan butter substitute,
you could use Becel or other diet margarine.

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. 
Rub in the low-fat spread until the mixture resembles 
Add just enough cold water to bring the dough together.  
Shape into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
This is a sample of what you will find on my website.  I'm 
journalling and blogging about my weight loss and the recipes 
I'm using. You'll find food photography and recipes and of 
course my journal. I started to blog to keep myself on track,
and to help my daughter, and best friend with their weight 
loss.  I live in British Columbia Canada and they live on the 
east coast in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.  
I'm also an independent consultant for a wonderful company 
called Epicure Selections, so I also blog about my business 
and the products available. If you'd like to check me out you
can find me at

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