I had such an awesome Ben-filled weekend. It was so nice not to have plans for once, and just to hang out with family. Ben started saying “Gamma” for Grandma and “Gampa”. Which made everyone just melt. This is such an amazing time in childhood development. I am constantly shocked by the things Ben remembers, and thinks of. He is still obsessed with this his basketball, and he was giving his Gampa lessons in how to shoot the ball.
I would guess Ben’s favorite part of the weekend was getting to share some of Daddy’s ice cream cone, though. I watched with envy as Ben and Dave ate a chocolate ice cream cone with gusto. Ben’s never had ice cream before, and only a few sweets at all from time to time. Mostly “dessert” for him is grapes or fruit. I am working so hard to instill good eating habits from the beginning. It’s a tough battle because there are so many handy, snack foods that are just filled with sugar, but I enjoy cooking for him and I think it’s paying off – because he ended up putting his little mini-spoon down when he was full, rather than continuing to eat the ice cream until it was gone. That seems like such a key aspect to healthy living – eating a reasonable amount, not eating until you’re “full”. I grew up having to “finish my plate” which is such a difficult mental block to over come.
Speaking of which, I just got a copy of the Biggest Loser weight loss program. I was really interested in the shows approach to healthy living, so I thought this was the perfect way to find out more before starting work! And it is awesome!! The suggestions and guidelines are so helpful – it was a great refresher for me. Even just leaving the book on my kitchen counter motivated me to get up and take my dog for a long walk through the dog park near our house. It’s a great hiking trail, and Winky and I jogged most of the way. We were both worn out by the time we got to the top of the trail. Where I ran into Heidi (Kay on Passions). We chatted for a bit, exchanged sweaty hugs (lol) and then Winky and I headed home. After the solid work-out, I decided a hearty dinner was needed, so … I checked out the recipes, which seemed pretty tasty for healthy cooking. So, for Sunday night dinner I made the Curry Vegetable Soup. (I added skinless chicken to the recipe) and both my husband and I loved it. It takes a while to prepare, so it was lucky that I made it on a Sunday afternoon rather than right before dinner. So filling and yummy, while totally nutritious. So, if you’re looking for a little inspiration or motivation, or just some new recipes, I say try their books. Tomorrow I’m making the “Portobello Pizzas”. How good does that sound???!!!