Tuesday, May 04, 2010
First off - thank you for the good hot weather cooking ideas. I can see myself using all of them. though temperatures have moderated in the past 24 hours - we are just at the dawn of the HotHotHot season and I'm glad to get some fresh ideas for summertime eating.
I am thinking today, though, about which are more difficult for someone trying to reshape her body: Ordinary Days or Special Events. I think back over the past 2 months when I had to field a spate of Special Events - lasagna suppers and Graves Mt. Lodge and Birthdays and Anniversaries and the truth is - with forethought and creativity, I breezed through them all. and yet. and yet I am still not even 10 lbs down from January. 10 lbs in 4 months seems somewhat poky in my book and I am wondering if I need to look again at how I go through Ordinary Days.
So. So let's look at ODs. What are their attributes?
Well. First off - there are a lot of them. That means I don't treat each one as the Special Event it might be. I don't prepare for them. I don't experience each one as deserving of the attention the SEs get. I am sloppy with them. I think "oh well, it's only today. It's only a tee tiny bit. I'm just a wee fraction over the limit, across the line, under the radar"
And for any given Ordinary Day that might be true. For a week or 4 months of them - well. well. It adds up.
Honestly sometimes I wonder if I'm even serious about this weight loss effort. Oh. I suppose if, on January 1, 2011, I weighed what is it? 3 x 9 lbs = 27 lbs less than I did on January 1, 2010 I would have to consider that almost freakishly successful, but right now I am not all that sure I would see that if I continue on, dissing Ordinary Days. In fact there could be negative movement. There could be weight gains.
The light bulb is glimmering - and it's casting its light on the Spark People (and Weight Watcher and probably every other nutritional counseling) concept of One Day At A Time. One Special Day. One day that deserves as much thought and as much attention and as much tender care as any wedding, birthday or business luncheon does.
It is even possible that, in a fully lived life, there are No Ordinary Days. Each one is a special gift, ripe with potential, ready to glorify my world if only I treat it with the same consideration I treat those calendar days.
I must think more on this ... as I go about this Special Day. Perhaps a whole string of them will be the key to reaching more than my weight loss goals.
May all your days be special.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Hot weather arrived this weekend. It blew in on a fierce southerly wind and began drying up everything in its path. It also brought out the dread Mayflies - which any entomologist will tell you is really a dear fly - but we know better. These are biting flies and they usually show up sometimes after May 12. If you are going to put in a garden around here you better have it mostly done by May 12 because after that those wicked little pests will chew and chase you right back indoors. They hate shadow and cool so they won't try to fly into your house, but they love warmth and sunshine. In a few weeks the snake doctors (You call them dragon flies) will be out and put an end to the torment but by then it's really too hot to be doing anything but weeding and harvesting in the garden.
Even though we get snow and ice in the winter, this is TheSouth and we know heat. The only difference between Virginia and Mississippi is the number of months that qualify as Summer.
So it's all about what to make when it's 90 degrees outside with 90% humidity. I had been wanting to try a new breadcrumb crust from the McCormac spice people called Crusting Blend, www.mccormick.com/Products/Herbs-and
on baked pork loin so I cranked up the oven on Saturday. (it was very good, btw)
Needless to say, the upstairs bedrooms that night were hot hot hot. Our house is naturally very cool, especially downstairs, so we don't have A/C. Don't need it most of the time but then ... I also don't bake in the summertime. We grill out often. I have a number of quick fry recipes and then there are the no-cook ones - like tuna fish salad. Which I made last night with a dash of dill pickle relish along with the ubiquitous mayo (I prefer the olive oil mayonnaise) onion, celery and chopped hard boiled egg. Placed in large dollops onto spring mix greens it made the most delicious summer supper.
So. What are your favorite no-cook recipes and foods for eating in the hot hot hot summertime?
Saturday, May 01, 2010
If I were in charge of the world, there would be at least 3 Mays every year - and maybe even as many as 5. May in Virginia is so beautiful I could weep. May skies are so blue your eyes sometimes have to blink. And Scarlet Tanengers flicker their redness across that blue background on a daily basis. May mornings are often crisp like some juicy fruit and are perfumed with roses and honeysuckle blossoms and every now and then, the rare swamp sweet bell, which is like a buttery lily of the valley. May afternoons are usually only warm but even when the temperature climbs into the 90s they don't feel brutal because the ground is still cool from winter's frosts. May evenings chirp with frogs and insects and lilt with owls' calls. I always manage to take time off in May.
May is also the month my son was born, so there is a sweetness to it that stirs up memories of that long ago day when we all got to meet face to face. And do you remember Julie Andrews in Camelot, singing "Tra La, It's May, the lusty month of May" ? Yeah.
I am sitting here, thinking about where I am this May compared to previous Mays. I am a little lighter - that's good. And I have some familiarity with yoga - that's good too. I have a week's vacation coming at the end of the month and by hook or by crook or by our family car - I am going to spend some of it at the ocean. And that brings up the question of how will I look in a bathing suit this May? Hmmmm.
I have about 3 weeks till we toddle off to VaBeach or Nags Head or wherever we decide to go. I believe I will see how far below the 160 mark I can get between now and then. I think an image of me in that really cute red polka dotted bathing suit (Not a bikini, please) is what I need to keep before me. I know where that suit is. I could even pull it out and hang it inside the wardrobe door so that every time I get dressed in the morning I will remember what I want to be wearing this summer.
Yes. A cute red bathing suit is just the inspiration I need.
What do you need for your May inspiration?
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thank you all again for sharing this powerful journey with me. I was of two minds about discussing such family stuff here and yet I was unable to hold it all inside. Also - because I did share things with you I felt compelled to keep trying to find the way out of a very sad Monday instead of just staying in TheBluePlace and feeling sorry for myself with Mr.Chocolate and MsCheese, though I will admit, we've had a few meals together this week. Let us hope they have been brief enough that there won't be any dismay on Sunday's weigh-in.
But here is something ELSE that comes from putting down defences, resentments and hurt feelings and looking for the love. It opens your ears and heart so that you can recognize an apology when it comes. Sometimes people can't actually say words but they can make gestures and if you've opened up to that loving possibility - you can hear what's not said.
You have to admit - that's mighty sweet.
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