Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it is to moderate the amount of time you spend in your recliner. Go ahead. Admit it. 1 hour for each meal to prep and eat, 8 hours for time in bed, leaves 13 hours in the recliner. Something is wrong with this picture.
Here is a list of things to do:
1. Turn off the TV. Bet you can't stay in that recliner for very long now!!
2. Grab your water and a book and move to chair in the bright studio where you notice you have been dropping off things you found in other places right on top of your painting table so you start to put things away and see the painting you were working on a few days ago, left because you weren't sure if it was finished and you look at it and realize it's not finished, so you finish clearing, get some water, and add a layer of depth to bring out the lights.
3. Then you realize you'd like some fresh air so you go sit in a chair on the porch. Bet you'll see an iris that just opened and then you'll need to get the camera to take a picture and you'll see the neighbor across the street and have to go say "HI" and he'll ask a question about pruning his firecracker bush and you'll have to go see and there's the golf course covered with dew, calling you to go for a walk so since you have your camera with you, you go looking for long shots and close ups of signs of spring and you find yourself up by the pool so you check on the construction and see that they are only waiting for final inspection to reopen so you keep walking, and soon the camera winds up in your pocket and you just enjoy the morning.
4. As you return home, you realize it's time to fix lunch so you check the plan, prep, and eat all the while thinking you should go to the pool at the Y so you check the schedule and see two classes after supper so you sit down in the recliner to do a little Spark People. And you remember you wanted to check the planting schedule and see that the next three days are super planting days, but one day will be lost going to Trader Joes, so you go to the garden center for vermiculite and 3 kinds of compost to add to yours and go home and build the 2 new raised beds in the shade of trees on the west side of the property, mix the soil mix and fill the boxes.
5. You check the time and see you have just enough time to eat a salad, shower, and get to the Y for the two pool classes and you laugh during aqua zumba and you sweat during water exercise and when you get back home, you sit in the old friend, the recliner, and you say, "How ya doin'? Haven't seen you much today!" And you check the TV schedule and see two shows you'd like to watch, but know you aren't going to watch TV after such a long day, so you set them to record and notice the harp sitting beside the TV so you turn off most of the lights and play for a few minutes before hitting the pillow, wondering if this is what moderation feels like.
Maybe you'll have time to read on the trip to Trader Joe's tomorrow.
Monday, March 18, 2013
I have been thinking that the kind of thinking or lack of thinking that got me to where I was last July is slowly changing. It's like I'm in one of those revolving doors, pushing the door in front of me slowly so the door behind me doesn't come up and smack me from behind. I can see the scenery is changing. When I get into the inner workings of the door where you can't see where you're going or where you've been or even how the door works, you start to wonder if there WILL be an opening where you'll finally come out in a new place, and not wind up back where you started.
And then you see a glimmer of light ahead, just a few more baby steps and you'll be there, stepping out into a brand new life. I hope my thinking will have changed enough so that when I step out into that brand new life, it will seem like I'm just stepping into a comfy pair of shoes.
“The thinking that got us to where we are is not the thinking that will get us to where we want to be.”
— ~ Albert Einstein
Sunday, March 17, 2013
'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone All her lovely companions are faded and gone"
I know the bard is Not thinking of a cabbage but this "Last Rose of Winter, " this cabbage was the last harvest from my fall garden. I do still have shallots, onions, garlics, and leeks but they take a long time to bring to maturity. But the rest of her lovely companions-peas, beans, squash, and LOTS of salad greens are all faded and gone.
And to celebrate, I decided to be brave and go the pool at the YMCA. I think it will take at least another week for the community pool to finish construction. So I went. And I'm very sorry I didn't go sooner. They evidently still heat the pool and cover it at night because the water temp was 86 degrees. And I think everything seemed warmer because you didn't have the fans blowing the cold outside air inside to keep the bubble inflated.
I worked 90 minutes and could have done another hour if I wasn't already a prune.
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I thought this video about sprouting all kinds of things was the right thing for this time of year.
But sprouting is a gift of green all year round. Think how great it would be to sprout buckwheat indoors for salads all winter!! Or wheat for green smoothies?
I sprout in mason jars with cheesecloth over the wide mouth jar and held in place with the metal ring part of the lids. I also rinse them more often than most other videos I watch: At every meal and before bedtime.
Kids can sprout a living necklace in a plastic pill bottle like one of these:
Put a line of Elmer's glue around the top. Wrap string around the top 3-4 times, positioning it in the glue. Leave tails which you will tie to create a necklace that will go over the head.
Put cotton in the bottom and add a little water to moisten. You can use the cotton that came in the bottle. Sprinkle flax or chia seeds all over the cotton. You will have a living necklace in about 4-5 days. Keep moist without drowning everything. If you can see water sitting in the bottom, pour it off. Kids like to decorate their containers.
Other seeds can be experimented with like mung beans, alfalfa, broccoli, mesclun mix, buckwheat, sunflowers. And all of these can be eaten. Some like mesclun can be harvested and they will keep growing leaves.
If the kids like this, find containers they can make a carpet of sprouts like you see in the video link above.
Friday, March 15, 2013
I discovered I was sabotaging my efforts by setting my short term weight loss goals. How? since I was really doing well, meeting and setting new ones? It seems I lowered my fitness minutes when I was holding out to make a new short term goal till I lost the last half pound.
The system rounded down that .5 pound and thought I was at maintenance. So my calorie range zoomed up when I changed my calorie burn when the pool closed.
I didn't think anything about it, just started eating in the new range, healthy food still, but way more calories.
If I had lost that last .5 pound before the pool closed and I changed my fitness minutes, my nutrition tracker would have stayed at the lower calories.
So, I've taken the bull--my stubborn brain-- by the horns and entered all the weight I want to lose. It will take until next Thanksgiving if all goes well. And the nutrition tracker calorie range is back down to the level where I will continue to lose weight.
I can't remember being that weight. I might just put myself on maintenance then, just to experience the wonder of what it's like. And to get to wear the clothes that fit then for a little while.
There will be an awesome Thanksgiving celebration when I reach that goal. You're all invited. I already know the menu: Fresh Fruit Salad, Roasted Carrots, Citrus Brussels Sprouts with Onions, Holiday Grains with Almonds, Tea, Homemade Honey Lemon Whole Wheat Bread with Roasted Garlic Spread, and Baked Pumpkin Souffle with Walnuts sprinkled on top.
And after dinner, we're all going swimming!!
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