Monday 5 Countdown #10

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It's Monday again, so it's once again time to do the Monday 5 Countdown that I got from Bookish Penguin.
Five Things I'm Grateful For:
  1. Weekends.  I had a really good weekend (and I hope you did, too).  Weekends are a much needed break from work and always seems to arrive just in the nick of time  :) 
  2. Delicious new recipes.  We made several new recipes this week and they were all a great success.  All were healthy and all were keepers.
  3. Having good shows on tv to help get me through my winter hibernation.  I've never had so many shows in one season that I enjoy watching.  It's nice to have at least one show to look forward to watching almost every night of the week. 
  4. Crystal Light Lemonade.  I have a bottle of this stuff almost every afternoon.  It helps me get my recommended daily intake of water and tastes really good.
  5. My boyfriend.  My rock.  He is always there for me and I should never take that for granted.  For the last 2 weeks he's eaten according to the very strict first phase of the south beach diet (essentially no carbs) along with me and has gone without having any temptations in the house just to make things easier on me.


Four Things I Can't Stop Thinking About:
  1. Vacation, vacation, vacation.  We started doing some initial research on Hawaii and the Bahamas.  Woohoo!
  2. Cleaning the clutter.  I started going through some old bags and boxes in the basement this weekend and made a small dent.  This is a project that is going to take some time and will have to be done in small doses.  
  3. Finances.  In all honestly, I am in pretty good shape financially, especially considering the way the economy is right now.  But lately I keep thinking there may be other, smarter ways for me to be investing what I have.
  4. Carbohydrates.  My beloved carbohydrates.  And Sugar.  And my favorite food: pizza.
Three Things I Want To Accomplish This Week:
  1. Finish my Valentine's Day guest post for Christina.
  2. Post at least 3-4 times on my blog.  Monday seems to roll around all too quickly and suddenly it's here and I haven't posted since the previous Monday.  I apologize that the Monday 5 Countdown seems to be my only post for the week over the last several weeks. 
  3. Do an initial run-through of my taxes to see how much I can expect back or how much I'll owe.
Two Things I Am Working To Be Positive About:
  1. Dieting.  Still doing well on the diet, but didn't lose as much this week.  In fact, I lost nothing.  But I didn't gain either.  I only have 7 lbs to lose so really, how fast can I expect it to come off.  It sure is a test of patience though.
  2. That we actually can and do follow through with finalizing our dream vacation, and that it lives up to expectations.  I guess my pessimistic side is showing through and part of me believes it's too good to be true and will never happen.
One Random Thing:
  1. My boyfriend and I cooked a bunch of different things last week that we've never made before.  I was getting a little tired of our usual rotatation and am very excited about the new dishes we've now added in.  There was Salsa verde chicken al forno, Thai chicken dumpling soup, beef stew in the croc pot, and a new garlic chicken dish.  We also made omelettes together on Sunday morning using a new technique from my Alton Brown cookbook I got for Christmas.  Apparently I've been making them all wrong, and Alton's way came out much better.  :)
What's going on with your Monday 5?  How was your weekend?


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Hey- remember everything is okay in moderation, even pizza. What kind of diet are you on? I've joined weight-watchers, and that way I feel less guilty about my pleasures (french fries)


Yeah, I agree that moderation is key. I am on the South Beach diet which is very restrictive in terms of carbohydrates for the first phase (two weeks) to help reset your body in terms of cravings, but then you slowly add in the "good carbs" back in. In the final phase you can pretty much eat whatever you want, in moderation.

Best of luck to you!

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