What about now

Why my head is always empty when I start to write a post? I just remember I had great topics to write about, but when I open my blog and prepared to write I forgot what I supposed to write. I usually get great ideas on my way to work or in the morning when I really don’t have time to write anything down. (I really should write those down) I just have vague remembrance of the things but I don’t remember the specific things  I would have write. So I just write something I thought right now. This post will be just some jitter jatter or just about Bon Jovi. I’m not sure what I’ll come up with.

I’m on a train to go to Tampere. Tampere is a one of the biggest cities in Finland and about 150 km from Turku where I live. I have very good reason to go to Tampere. BON JOVI is going to have a gig in there tomorrow. And I’m so excited about it. I’m big fan of Bon Jovi. I wrote about that I’m not a big fan of the Guns N’ Roses, because I was so young when they had big singles and so on, but actually Bon Jovi was founded in 1983 and I was just two years old back then. So my logic isn’t quite so simple. Or I’m just weird.

 

So the band Bon Jovi is almost as old as me. And I really like they music. First I heard them, I mean I remember hearing them and liked it, I was about 14 years old. It was the time when they released the single This ain’t a love song” and the album “These Days“. I just had got my first cd player for my birthday and the These Days was the really first album I bought with my own money. Next year (1996) I saw Bon Jovi in Helsinki with my beloved sister.

I own Bon Jovi’s almost every album (I don’t have Fahrenheit 7800) and I’ve been in every concert their have had in Finland outdoors since year 1996. I’ve had missed one of their concert here in Finland. It was indoor gig in Turku. Yeah, in my home town. Weird, I know, but I’ve never said I’m normal. They usually have played in Helsinki Olympia Stadion, but on Sunday they going to play in Tampere Ratina Stadion. I’ve never been there (in Ratina Stadion), but example Red Hot Chilli Peppers have played there, so it can’t be a bad place to have a rock concert. 

 

So since 1996 I’ve been Bon Jovi’s concerts with my sister, who I love so much. It’s kind of our thing together. Luckily my sisters best friend lives in Tampere so we can stay there night or two instead of the hotel. 

So Bon Jovi tomorrow. I think I won’t write Weekly Wrap Up tomorrow because of that. Shortly I have had a pretty good week, though I haven’t been eating so regularly. Keep drinking water, especially now, because it’s really a summer time and it’s been warm.

Have a great weekend and the beginning of the week. 

Ps. I have took the pictures last time Bon Jovi was in Finland.

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Tasty Thursday – Chicken Pasta Salad

I like to cook and bake. Making and baking meals is just wise thing to do. At least I think so. That’s how I know exactly the ingredients of the meal and I can choose which kind of products I use. Tasty Thursdays idea is just to share a recipe of the whole meal or just one tasty thing that I’ve made during the week. Recipes could been shared any other day too, but Thursdays is one day that is certain.

 

I’ve totally forgot my blog. Now I remembered this and decided to do a quick post. It’s just after midnight and I’m still up. I was at evening shift today and tomorrow (or today) I have to go to work by quarter past seven. OMG, I’m gonna be so tired. But I’m always tired after evening shift and if I have morning shift next day. 

But, the point in this post is food, again. I really have to write something else next time. Maybe tomorrow I have time to write about something else. Maybe about my weight lose or Bon Jovi. 

So food. 

Couple of friends or actually my sister and her friend visit me last Tuesday. My sister came straight from work and I knew she would be hungry. She wished some salad, maybe chicken, so I had promised her I would make something close to that. I made CHICKEN PASTA SALAD.

If you want to do this too you need to have (or at least I had these):

  • Chicken breast or something like that, without marinate.
  • Seasoning, I had black pepper,  Santa Maria’s Mango Curry, salt and little bit of vegetable oil
  • Pasta
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Bell pepper
  • Peach
  • Avocado
  • Rucola
  • Spring onion
  • Vegetable oil (0,75dl), honey (1 tbsp), black pepper, salt (for the dressing)

FIRST I cut the chicken breasts to the smaller pieces (so they fit you mouth) and seasoned them and let them to marinate. SECOND I boiled some water to cook the pasta in it (remember to put some salt in the pasta water). AS the pasta is boiling, I started to chop everything else in the bowl. AFTER pasta was done, I cooled down in I cold water and put it back in the kettle. I mixed up the dressing in a small bowl and BLENDED it together with the pasta and left it to marinate. THEN I pre heated a pan to fry the chickens. WHILE chickens was cooking I finished the chopping other ingredients. BEFORE I added the chickens to the salad I let them to cool down over the plate covered with paper towel (it would absorb some of the oil). FINALLY I added the pasta and the chicken to the salad and mixed it together. 

I served salad with home made carrot buns and some butter or creme cheese. To drink I had acquired mineral water. 

Weekly Wrap Up – Week 3

Sundays I’ll tell something about my week. Every Sunday I’ll set up some goals for me to do for the upcoming week and next Sunday I’ll tell how well I reached them.

MY LAST WEEKS GOALS

  • Eat regularly (at work this is a real challenge sometimes)
  • Keep drinking water
  • EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE!
  • Go to the scale (I’m really afraid to do that)

It’s been a good week for me. Yay! I’ve been exercising. Not everyday, but almost. At my friends summer house I did some yard works and at home I’ve been going to walks. I’ve been drinking water and especially because it’s been warm. At work we been having troubles with air condition and it’s been hot in there. So I’ve been consuming lot of water. 

I think I’ve been eating quite regularly. Now I’ve been thinking do I eat enough. I haven’t been hungry but I really been paying attention to how much others eat. And I think I don’t eat as much and when you trying to lose weight you have to eat enough.

And I finally I went to the scale. And I’m so terrified about that. But I did it. 

So I’ve had a good week and I’m proud of myself. 

Now I have to go to work so I don’t have time to tell anything else.

GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK

  • Keep exercising
  • Keep eating regularly 
  • Keep going to scale

Tasty Thursday – Evening Snack

It’s been sunny and warm and I just love it. Summer is here! I’ve been with my friend in her summer house for two days. It’s just by the sea but water was way too cold to swim, so I just enjoyed sauna and listening to waves against the rocks. I think the sauna was the best thing. I love to go to sauna and especially the wood stove sauna. It’s so relaxing just to sit there and watch beautiful Finnish landscape. 

So I haven’t had time to write any posts. But today I have couple of minutes before bedtime so I just give you a hint for a evening snack (or breakfast or just a snack): Rye bread with avocado and basil.

I just had two slices organic rye bread, slice of low fat ham, one avocado (one half for each bread slice) and to the top fresh basil. Simple and delicious.

Workout or dinner…

One of my goals to reach this week is to do more exercise. Does it count if I’ve been running, well not literally running, but walked different places in the city? After work, where was quite busy day, I needed to go to the about 5 stores today and I was home just before six. I was so hungry and so tired that I just couldn’t go to walk. Well tomorrow I’ll go to my friends cottage for two nights and there’s lot to do after winter.

But back to today. So I decided to make dinner to myself. I was just bought some chicken breasts and vegetables. I seasoned chicken breasts with Santa Maria’s Mango Curry, pepper and vegetable oil. I pre-heated the oven to 200°C (392°F) and roasted them about 30 minutes.

I also made huge salad me to eat right today and for tomorrows lunch to work. I put there two different kind of lettuce, some cucumber (surprise, surprise!), some bell pepper, two spring onions, some green grapes and three peaches.

I just joined a month ago to Tehy. It’s union of Health and Social Care Professionals and I got gift card in a bookstore for joining. That was just perfect because I’ve been planning to by a cookbook about healthy foods. Today I bought two, or one was kind of free because of the gift card. 

Terveellistä ruokaa vartissa by Pirjo Saarnia is oblivious in Finnish and its translates: Healthy food in 15 minutes. There’s two parts in the book. The first part is about food: which food is healthy, why it’s healthy, why food is important at all. The second part is about recipes and suggestions what people should have in they pantry, refrigeration or freezer. I’ve read one of her books last fall concerning about nutrition. I liked her writing style and she had good everyday examples in there.

The other book is Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite which contain recipes from breakfast to dessert. Some of the recipes looks quite simple and some of them aren’t but I attempt to try most of them.

Have to go to bed now because I have to get up in six hours. Good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite.

 

Weekly Wrap Up – Week 2

Sundays I’ll tell something about my week. Every Sunday I’ll set up some goals for me to do for the upcoming week and next Sunday I’ll tell how well I reached them.

MY LAST WEEKS GOALS

  • Drink water 2,5 l per day
  • Go to walk everyday at least for 30 minutes, longer if day off from work.
  • Eat breakfast everyday
  • Really lose some weight

I’ve been sick since last Thursday night and I haven’t been eating well since then but I really have been drinking water and some other liquids too. Today I’m feeling better and have been eating proper food: new potatoes, broccoli and some meat. I didn’t eat breakfast everyday. But I ate breakfast at the beginning of the week and I felt really good. And then I got sick 😦 

 Beginning  of the week I also drink quite good. I have one half liter bottle at home and one at work and I can fill them up. It’s easier to me to remember to drink, if I really have the bottle right beside me. So yes, I’ve been drinking water 2,5 l per day.

My next goal to achieve was to go do some exercise, to walk at least 30 minutes per day. I really didn’t reach this goal, not by far. Monday and Tuesday I was so tired that I wasn’t up to it. It’s just a stupid excuse and the one thing I want to change in my life. 

I really don’t know if I’ve been loosing weight, because I forgot to go to the scale at work beginning of the week and now I’ve been on a sick leave, so I haven’t had a change to use the scale. I don’t own a scale. But I think I haven’t lost any kilos or pounds

Well. this doesn’t look good. I achieved 1 out of 4 goals. That isn’t good at all. I’m so disappointed in me. 😦 I was sick, so that’s a one reason to fail, but still. I just have to think positively and there’s only one way to go now!

 

GOALS FOR THE NEXT WEEK

  • Eat regularly (at work this is a real challenge sometimes)
  • Keep drinking water
  • EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE! 
  • Go to the scale (I’m really afraid to do that)