My great friend, K. & I went on a thrift store jaunt yesterday, and boy, was it successful! I scored a GT mountain bike w/Shimano components for $69.99. I bought the monkey 6 pairs of jeans for about $24 (he's wearing one pair in the photo), plus two pairs of jeans, two pairs of shoes, & two coats for me! Woo hoo!
The hub & I took the monkey to get a much-needed new bike from Walmart (he was beginning to look like a shriner on his old one. We went on our first bike ride down to the mailboxes today; this is us posing in the street in front of our property, ready to depart.
Apparently, mommy isn't the only one who needs exercise; it was a little tough on the monkey, and we had to stop and walk a few sections. Monkey was very proud when we got home. It really isn't very far; maybe a mile at the most round-trip...I'll have to measure.
I'm hoping to lose 20 pounds this year, or at least reduce some inches. I will report on my progress, or lack thereof. Had I known my hysterectomy would hasten my weight gain, I think I would have not had it, & just put up with my medical problems. I like to eat too much, so any major dieting is out of the question. I'll let you know what impact the biking has.
Tomorrow, we are having a small, impromptu Super Bowl get-together. We are going very casual, as I'm showing property tomorrow, & won't have a lot of time for prep. Hot dogs & burgers, but I have made a nice pasta salad, some yummy homemade chili, and a fantastic Thai-flavored slaw for the hot dogs.
I'll post a photo of the slaw & chili tomorrow. I looked at some recipes online, then threw together my own version. I rarely measure, & did not today, so amounts are estimates. Here's the recipe:
(can eat as a salad, or use as topping on hot dogs)
- Fresh squeezed juice of 4 limes
- Large heaping spoonful of peanut butter
- Several generous squirts of Sriracha garlic chile sauce
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp salt
- dash of celery seed
- 1/2 head cabbage, shredded slaw-size
- 1 carrot, grated
- 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped finely
- Handful of fresh cilantro, then destemmed, & chopped finely