Today was day 2 of the Master’s and an exciting time it’s been. Not for golf, not for the youngest golfer at the age of 16, but because Tiger has returned to golf. Really??? Come on people, he screwed up by making some idiotic choices and it has plagued him for several months now since it was uncovered. Now the news is his return to golf………….as someone stated on another social networking site, would a plumber not return to work after this information was discovered? No, of course not. Well, the same goes for Tiger. No, I’m not a fan nor have I been from day one but I do think the media coverage has gone way overboard as well as the reactions of the fans. He’s back, now let him do his job.
Now, back to the Master’s…………what an exciting time. After day one, Fred Couples led with -7 to become the first 50+ to lead the course. Matteo Manassero is the youngest to participate in the Master’s at the ripe old age of 16 AND made the cut to continue on through the weekend. I’m not sure if this is rare or not, but the top two spots are a tie at -8 to two English blokes. To top it off, my main squeeze (wink, wink) Phil Mickelson is tied for second with -6. Here’s to you Phil, take it all!!
A great picture taken during day 2 by Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images.
So, I’m finally joining all those trying to watch their waste/weight by tracking my food intake. Wow, what an eye opener that has been! Yes, I’m in the health industry and yes, I understand the concept of losing weight, however, the numerous calories in such small items has really changed the way I consume food. Those little bites you take throughout the day add up to another meal, if you’re looking at a meal consisting of 400 calories. On the opposite side of the spectrum from the calories are the portions of protein in my day. Calories = too much; protein = not enough. Therefore, I found myself checking out vegetarian/vegan recipes or ideas considering I’m not a big fan of meat as a whole. On a regular basis, I could go days without meat and not even blink an eye. BUT, let me make it clear I’m not a vegetarian. I LOVE a great steak and like most, have cravings for bacon. With that in mind, my new best friend – PEANUT BUTTER! This creamy deliciousness is amazing on soooo many things. PLUS, I recently found one that is all natural with less calories & fat than most with Omega-3 & flax seed added. I’m in love <3. Back to tracking calories (I always need help staying focused ), with the process of writing/typing what you eat, it gives you the opportunity to fine tune what you eat. By lunch time, you have a good idea of what you’re lacking or have exceeded (protein, carbs, fats) & can adjust the rest of your day accordingly. Definitely need to increase my fruits/vegetable intake and decrease my carbohydrates. Mr. potato, I love you but we need to redefine our love affair. Speaking of potatoes, I recently read a french fry recipe that is suppose to be somewhat “healthy” for you. Check it out:
Passover French Fries
2 Idaho Potatoes (peeled)
1-2 tsp olive oil
Pepper and additional spices/herbs
1. Cut potatoes in half and slice into fries. Continue slicing until the fries are thin.
2. Soak fries in cold water for 30 minutes to remove starch.
*Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
3. Place fries on paper towel and let dry for 10 min (this is important to make a crunchy fry).
4. Place fries on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss.
5. Add pepper and additional spices, toss again.
6. Bake for 40 minutes or until brown and crunchy. May need to toss in the oven around 30 minutes.
This recipe is “stolen” from the following blog TriMarni Blog. The blog belongs to a vegetarian distance athlete (marathons, triathlons)………….check it out because she has some interesting information & recipes! I haven’t made the fries yet, so I can’t verify how good they are but any time you can make a fry somewhat healthy I’m all for it!
I could sit here and write for hours about what I’ve learned over the past two weeks, but this post would never end. This will be an adventure and I’m glad to share it amongst my “vision” posts, so stay tuned!