Author: spitehot

Getting Firm – Lessons from my Workout Video Collection

Getting SpiteHot is going to require some movement – movement of not only attitudes and perceptions, but downright physical movement. The big headlines over the past few days have been about the newest study that has found, yet again, that those of us with sit down desk jobs are not doing so well. I sit at a desk 8 hours a day. Check out these numbers from http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org that I found at http://www.diygenius.com: Basically, the verdict is that movement is necessary to be healthy and sitting can be downright deadly. It is time to MOVE! Being on a budget I decided to take inventory of my current supply of workout videos and DVD’s. A little less extensive than my book collection, I have a couple of video sets and about 5 random workout DVD’s. This doesn’t surprise me because it’s easier to read a book than jump up and down. Thinking SpiteHot SpiteHot means to get healthy and use my past experiences to catapult me forward, so I took a trip down memory lane and …

Zucchini Fries

One of the hardest things about changing your diet is working those changes into household routines. So I’ve been on the lookout for foods that fit my requirements and can be made right along with the traditional foods. Zucchini Fries fit this description perfectly. I found a basic recipe by doing a web search and then made a few modifications to make them very low carb. These guys are great and can be baked right along side frozen French fries. Ingredients 1 small Zucchini squash 2 cups almond meal/flour ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 egg 1 cup half and half Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the zucchini into match sticks/French fry size pieces. Mix the egg and milk in a bowl. Mix the almond meal and Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl. Dip the zucchini in the egg and milk mixture, dredge in the flour mixture. Place in single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Storage Store leftovers in refrigerator for 1 – 2 days. Carb Count …

Entering the Hypocrite Free Zone…

“You are the most negative person I know.” This was what one of the most important people in my life said to me this morning. I was a bit shocked. After all, I never seen myself this way, but as I have reflected on this so casually strewn statement I seen more. Reflected illumination. Over the years I have become a true believer in the law of attraction and I had thought that I was living my life in a manner that supported this. Not true. Does this mean that I am a hypocrite? Maybe, but how can I turn this around? Thinking SpiteHot SpiteHot is the epitome of self-confidence, self-assurance and self-esteem. How can anyone have a high level of self-esteem and still present a negative appearance? I have to switch to a positive mindset. So I’ve done some research. Three strategies seem to pop up most consistently: Yoga Meditation Taking Responsibility for your Life, AKA, Stop Acting Like a Victim I think I am going to tackle the whole Taking Responsibility for your …

Faux Potatoes – A recipe that will appease the Irish in us all!

I’ve been in love with potatoes all my life. The only problem is that they are very high in carbohydrates which can and have derailed several attempts to get back on the strictest version of the low carb diet – I love them. On the new SpiteHot plan I can have them in all their creamy glory on my weekend, but during the week I have to find comparable replacements. The closest find so far has been cauliflower. It is pretty mellow in flavor, just like the potato, and can be dressed up in any fashion to fit just about any meal. The recipe below is quick, easy to prepare alongside what I am cooking for my family and, as required, is very low in carbs. Ingredients 1 cup of cauliflower florets ½ clove garlic (or more if you like) 1 ounce cream cheese ¼ cup heavy cream, half & half or milk 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives Directions Boil cauliflower until tender. Drain. Place cauliflower, garlic, butter and cream in a “bullet” type chopper and …

Best Bread Alternative Recipe

The best recipe I have come across that can be used like sliced bread is for Oopsie Rolls. I’ve found the recipe on two sites, but if you do a quick web search you will find multiple sites. The only thing that I’ve not been able to replicate with them is a nice piece of toast from a toaster. Other than that these things are great! You can use them as a bun for burgers, as a bread replacement for sandwiches, and you can even warm them in microwave, top them with butter, garlic salt and a little parmesan cheese and you have instant near zero carb garlic bread! Ingredients 3 large eggs 4 oz. cream cheese 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Separate eggs-placing yolks in small mixing bowl and whites in medium mixing bowl. Add cream cheese and cream of tartar to egg yolks in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Once egg whites are …

Learning from the Past

From all my years of reading and trying out different diet plans three stand out as the most effective: Low Carb Weight Watchers Gluten Free Low Carb Low carb dieting worked amazingly fast and I was able to stick with it for several years. I followed the plan explicitly for the first month and lost 26 pounds by the end of those four weeks. This was instant gratification as far as weight loss which was a huge plus, and it had the benefit of increased and sustained energy. Weight Watchers I paid for this one, literally, but only for a short time and it did work fairly well. Almost as fast as low carb, I lost about 10 pounds in a month. The only problem was that I didn’t like paying; so that was the end of that. I am pretty frugal. Gluten Free I spent about nine months going gluten free about 80% of the time. At the end of the nine months I lost about 15 pounds. It was relatively painless, i.e. no …

Diets, diets, diets…

I recently took stock of all of the diet books I currently have in my possession. I’ve discovered 14; actually 15 if you include the one I have that describes what has been done, biologically, to the wheat plants in the United States over the past 40 years. I have books on Paleolithic diets, low carb diets, Mediterranean and South Beach diets, two (2) that describe the evils of sugar and one book by Denise Austin – I’ve always thought she has the best job in the world! In the parking lot of my grocery store there is a book donation box and I seriously considered just dropping them all in; after all, I’ve been in possession of all this information and I am still 40 pounds overweight! That; however, would not be the SpiteHot way of being. Thinking SpiteHot…  SpiteHot means to get healthy in spite of the outside influences that may hold you back. Let’s consider for the purposes of getting SpiteHot that the conflicting messages sent by the diet “industry” are the …

SpiteHot. What does it mean?

Trying to get motivated to get healthy has been pretty hard this time around. My daughter mentioned to me the term “SpiteHot”. Now, I’ve never been one to take pleasure in someone else’s pain. In fact, in my opinion, it’s probably the surest way to get on the bad side of your maker. To me getting SpiteHot is not about others. It is about ignoring others and doing great things for yourself in spite of what others may have said or done. SpiteHot is all about YOU. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Spitehot, in the context of this blog, is the epitome of self confidence, self assurance and self esteem. It is about getting to know who you are, setting goals, achieving those goals and forgiving yourself when you don’t. So, now what? Now, instead of dwelling on past events, I am going to use them as a catalyst to make myself a better person, body and soul. This blog will be filled with great ideas, I hope, …