Well here we are almost into February and I’m another 10 pounds heavier. I figure by boldly stating this to everyone who reads this there could be a possibility that I will try and eat better, get some exercise and not always have an excuse of why I don’t do it. It seems to me that every night before I go to bed I tell myself that tomorrow I will get up at 6 a.m. throw some clothes on, get the dogs and go for a walk, make ahead a prepared lunch (portioned perfectly), get bottles of water ready for work, have portioned snacks so I won’t get hungry throughout the day and overeat, so on and so forth – some of you probably have said this before, too.
But let me tell you how the morning inevitably goes. First of all I hear my neighbor start up his car to go to work so now I already know that I have overslept an hour and it is now 7 a.m. I get up and realize my son’s bedroom door is closed which means he’s still sleeping and has missed the bus which picks him up at 7 a.m. I yell at him to get up, realize my daughter is still sleeping, wake her up (we won’t even discuss her response), give the dogs a slice of cheese to share before letting them – out a habit I wish I had never started – throw a quick lunch together for my son (he forgot to make one), yell again at the kids which reminds me to take my blood pressure pills, get myself ready, yell again and listen for movement. Finally they seem to be up ready, but I forgot the dogs outside so I let them back in and give them a dog biscuit, get the kids to school and have time to grab a cup of coffee and, of course, a nice calorie-filled bagel and cream cheese or a danish. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.
I’ve realized I’m really more of a night person which reminnds me of a great new low cal cocktail I’m hooked onVodka & Lime cocktails they seem to make the hectic nights just go a little smoother or that is until I wake up i the morning and once again forgot to do the dishes and start all over again.
Have a great day! Lee Hollis
Vodka & Lime
1 1/2 oz. vodka
5 oz. diet ginger ale
Juice of 1 fresh lime
Handful ice cubes
Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker (I don’t have one, so I stir vigorously) and mix well. Strain out ice, pour into chilled glasses.
And after a few low cal cocktails why not have a tasty low cal dinner? I’m slowly learning that not everything needs cream sauce and cheese, but it would be nice.
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 3-pound salmon fillet
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Combine first three ingredients in a bowl. Place fish, skin side down, in a 13×9-inch baking dish. Rub sugar mixture over fish. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours. You could do this in the morning before you go to work or start your day.
Preheat oven to 175. Wipe off remaining sugar mixture from fish with a paper towel. Coat a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray. Place fish, skin side down, in pan.
Bake at 175 for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
Combine mayonnaise and mustard; stir well. Serve mayonnaise mixture with fish.