Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter!

Blogging from the iPad this morning! Let's see how this goes!

Mr. PT and I had a wonderful Easter here in Roanoke. My mom came in town to celebrate Holy Week with us at our church. I'm in the choir so my vocal cords are still recovering from all the singing!

Mom is trying desperately to keep her cholesterol number down these days without the support of prescription medicine. I am so proud of her because she has dropped almost 40 points with healthier eating and exercise only. Way to go Mom! Specific changes she has made include...

-eating meat only 2-3 times a week
-eating vegetarian meals with whole wheat pasta or rice
-salad with fresh fruit and baked chicken
-eating out at restaurants less
-cutting back on diet soda
-only drinking alcohol on the weekends
-walking to the gym, working out, walking back 2-3 times a week
-using her exercise bands daily for a 20 minute strength workout

As you can see, they are not huge changes that have drastically changed her life, but they are simple, consistent changes that she has gradually embedded into her daily routine. The results are evident! She looks thinner (she has lost between 5-10 lbs), her clothes fit better, she has more energy, and she is much less winded when we exercise together!

With the extra 20 lbs I'm hauling around these days, I am more winded and tired than her!

Anywho, we ate some great meals while she was in town. Try this one I found on Pinterest! It had a great flavor and made awesome leftovers!

We also had a dinner of fresh fruit, hummus, crackers and cheese one night.

On Saturday we made blueberry pancakes (of course) and ate dinner at a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant here in Roanoke called River and Rail. Mom ordered a plate of perfectly roasted vegetables with grits. Yum!

In between breakfast and lunch we snacked on apples, Lara bars, and cheese!

For Easter dinner, Mr. PT and I were alone but we did not go hungry! A friend from the church choir made us some authentic egg rolls to brown off and dip in her homemade duck sauce. Wow, were those good. We munched on fresh pineapple and strawberries as well.

Happy Easter everyone!

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