Sunday, June 22, 2014

Never on Sunday?

Sunday is not the day to start a diet. But, truth be told, I didn't do too bad. I am positive the key to doing well on a weight loss plan is starting with a good breakfast. Thank goodness I had delicious sweet cantaloupe in my refrigerator. It was very easy to start the day right! I may not have been perfect throughout the day, but I was better than I would have been had I not started with a healthy breakfast of fruit and eggs. I am excited to start the week off with a new resolve to lose weight and get healthier!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Good Wife

Greetings from Patti's Plate!

It appears it is impossible for me to lose weight unless I have an audience watching every bite I eat. It takes a lot of energy to write every day. I haven't written in well over a year. During this time, I have regained most of my weight, and I have been reluctant to spend much time in my kitchen. I seldom plan my meals, and usually decide on "take out" about 5 or 6 at night.
The transition of feeding a family of five to cooking for two is strange. You'd think it would be easier, but for me, it's not. It seems silly to buy a bunch of groceries, when food will only be consumed by two people. I could be satisfied making a salad every night, but my husband isn't as easily pleased. It doesn't seem fair that just because he doesn't have a weight problem he should have to suffer. So, I usually take dinner as an opportunity to share something that is probably not the best choice for me. My version of  "The Good Wife."

Today is the first day of summer. Let's see if I can make the summer a light and healthier one for me.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Christos Anesti!

Ok, so it's still the season of resurrection. Here I am again. I don't know which is harder;  losing weight, or keeping it off. I was doing quite well maintaining my initial weight loss and then Easter came. Lots of food, sweets, and celebration. One day of indulgence turned into another and the next thing I knew I was back to my old ways. So, I am up on the scale and down on myself. It's time again to keep a public record of Patti's plate and rid myself of these extra pounds that I found on my scale this morning.

The long weekend didn't help much. Neither did taking my Mom out for Mexican food.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Good morning, all. I've been on strong antibiotics for the last three weeks. Unfortunately, they made me nauseous and exhausted. The only thing that helped  me feel better was eating carbohydrates. And I'm not talking about the good ones either. No, I'm talking about bread, pizza, and flour tortillas. Keeping on a diet has really been the furthest thing from my mind. I had a spider bite on my face that got infected. Since one half of my face was swelling and getting painfully red, I didn't have much desire to leave my house. Most of the time we resorted to food delivery, (pizza) or Tony would pick up sandwiches. One desperate night I made my own flour tortillas for quesadillas. (See picture) The point of my story is that things will happen to interfere with even the best intentioned weight loss plans. I just need to make sure that I go back to healthful eating now that I'm off of the meds.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I love my cousins!

A couple of my dear cousins came to visit me last week. It was a last minute, middle of the day visit that lasted late into the night. It's amazing how sharing the same grandparents and great aunts can bond people for life. Even though we rarely see each other, I know I could count on any one of my many cousins if I ever needed anything. Sitting on my couch, and sharing photos and stories brought me back to a simpler time in life. Ahhh. I guess my age is showing. It's hard to imagine a time before cell phones and computers. Technology has completely changed our social life. That is why it was refreshing to hang out in person and spend a carefree day visiting.

And I must say, I was quite impressed with the beautiful fruit plate that my cousin brought with her!



Monday, March 25, 2013

I am  so sorry that I have neglected Patti's Plate as long as I have. I've just been in a self indulgent pity party mood. I hope to slowly resurrect myself, but I am not going to promise daily writings. Suffice it to say, "Patti has had a lot on her plate lately."

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

I'm not going to discuss my lack of posts. We'll hold off on that discussion for another day. Since many of you have wondered what's been on Patti's plate lately, I'll share one dish. I've posted a variation of it before. It's another slow cooker recipe that is low in calories. It is practically calorie free except for the pork meatballs. I only used one half of a pound of meat for this huge pot of soup and it lasted for three days. I even ate it for breakfast twice. I made it with one onion, a whole head of cabbage, the meatballs, chicken stock and a bag of sauerkraut. It sounds like a strange recipe, but it is an easy variation of a stuffed cabbage dish that Tony's family made on Christmas. I like it and it is a low calorie comfort food. (And we all can use some comfort now and then.)