Wednesday, March 12, 2008
What a bad day at work - nothing seemed to go right. I'm not sure it all worked out in the end but everyone is alive so that is good. And I didn't eat which is eve better.
So my focus is now to slow down, try not to get caught up in the frenzy of activity - be unresponsive to it and stop and think. If I'm not moving fast enough for those who insist to move at warp speed - too bad. I'll still be going fast enough.
Monday, March 10, 2008
from dailyom.com. This says it beautifully.....
March 7, 2008
Walking With Awareness
Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits, not only for our health but for our spirit. As we walk, we connect with the earth.
Even when walking on concrete the earth is still beneath us, supporting us. Walking lets our body remember simpler times when life was less complicated. This helps us slow down to the speed of our body and take the time to integrate the natural flow of life into our cellular tissue. Instead of running from place to place or thinking about how much more we can fit into our day, walking allows us to exist in the moment.
Each step we take can lead us to becoming more mindful of ourselves and our feelings. Walking slows us down enough not only to pay attention to where we are in our body but also to our breath. Taking time to simply notice our breath while we walk, through the length of our inhales and exhales, and becoming attuned to the way in which we breathe is taking a step toward mindfulness. When we become more mindful, we gradually increase our awareness of the environment around us and start to recognize that the normal flow of our thoughts and feelings are not always related to where we are in the present moment. Gradually we realize that the connection we have with the earth and the ground beneath our feet is all that is. By walking and practicing breathing mindfully, we gain a sense of calm and tranquility. The problems and troubles of the day slowly fade away because we are in the "now."
The simplicity and ease of a walking practice allows us to create time, space, and an awareness of our surroundings and of the wonders that lie within. Taking a few moments to walk each day and become more aware of our breath will open the door for the beauty of the world around us to come in.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Back from DC and I must say, I find that losing weight means you eat less. I drank alot of Starbucks non-fat decaf lattes, and water. Only had 2 drinks the whole time I was there (one each evening). Here is what I had - not sure that it came out ok on the daily food diary, but I sure did try. LOL
Thursday at Cheesecake Factory - "Low cal" pear and endive salad - 590 calories per the menu and I didn't finish it. It was to die for. 3 bites of cheesecake, a pomegranite mojito. All I had for lunch was a turkey vegetable soup.
Friday at RFDs - fried calamari appetizer, 1 mozzarella stick and 12 oz of beer (3 - 4 oz samplers). For brunch I had mini pancakes with bananas - think I ate about 8 of them and about 3/4 of the cut up banana. Ate by dipping in syrup then putting the syrup on the leftover pancakes.
It probably wasn't optimal BUT...for me, it worked and was much much much better than if I wasn't here. On my way down I stopped twice for a potty break at the rest stops which are fast food heaven. All I got was a decaf at one stop and refilled my water bottle at another. That right there is a major behavior change. I always equated with driving and stopping with "the calories don't count". nervous LOL.
Anyway, I'm back on track - have a chicken roasting. Need to work in more veggies - how is it I get bored with veggies?
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
i lost 1/4 pound. I expected to see a bigger loss since I'm feeling so high. In reviewing my calories I think one problem is that I'm not eating enough and I may be in a "holding on" period. I'm not obsessing over it - just an observation.
I had a terrific week, and spent Sunday at the National Zoo meeting people I've made friends with on-line. There were about 35 panda lovers from all over the world (the Brits were en masse!). I met 2 other China travelers and that was very exciting. Everyone was wonderful and kind and interesting and fun. And it was just like we spoke yesterday. I'm heading back down tomorrow to spend a few days with my friend from Colorado. We have 2 dinners planned (one at the Cheesecake Factory) so I'm sure I'll be eating more than I'm used to. I just may get an appetizer or see if I can get a small portion. Their portions are 3 meals for me. No idea where we are going Friday. I'm bringing some safe snacks, too.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Satisfy your sweet tooth - From Women's Day
1. 1⁄2 medium apple, baked, topped with 1 Tbsp lowfat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon (45 calories)
2. 1⁄2 small banana, frozen (45 calories)
3. 4 oz unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon (49 calories)
4. 1 miniature box of raisins (45 calories)
5. 2 sugar-free ice pops (30 calories)
6. 1 sugar-free fudge ice pop (35 calories)
7. 12 cherries (48 calories)
8. 1 individual serving sugar-free gelatin with 3 Tbsp light whipped topping (40 calories)
9. 1⁄2 cup strawberries with 21⁄2 Tbsp nonfat yogurt (47 calories)
10. 14 seedless red grapes, frozen (48 calories)
Indulge a salt craving
11. 11⁄2 cups salted air-popped popcorn (46 calories)
12. 1⁄4 cup shelled edamame with sea salt (37 calories)
13. 8 oz miso soup (36 calories)
14. 1 pretzel rod (37 calories)
15. 1⁄4 small bag of Glenny's lightly salted soy crisps (35 calories)
16. 1 medium sliced cucumber mixed with 1⁄4 cup sliced onion, 1⁄2 cup chopped celery, 4 Tbsp vinegar and salt to taste (45 calories)
17. 6 oz eight-vegetable juice (39 calories)
18. 1 kosher dill pickle (10 calories)
Crunch and munch
19. 1⁄2 cup jicama with 4 oz salsa (49.5 calories)
20. 11⁄2 cups sugar snap peas (40 calories)
21. Small celery stalk smeared with 1⁄2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (49 calories)
22. 1⁄2 small apple with 1 tsp soy butter (46 calories)
23. 1 brown rice cake with 1 Tbsp sugar-free jam (44 calories)
Smooth and creamy
24. 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb wedge spread on cucumber slices (35 calories)
25. 1 tsp almond butter (34 calories)
26. 1⁄2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tsp sugar-free strawberry jam (43 calories)
27. 1 oz avocado (about 1⁄8 of an avocado) squirted with lime (45 calories)
28. 8 grape tomatoes dipped in 1 Tbsp light cream cheese (46 calories)
29. 6 pieces of endive filled with 1⁄2 oz reduced-fat feta cheese (49 calories)
30. 1 slice fat-free American cheese (30 calories)
31. 1 large tomato, sliced, topped with 1 Tbsp Parmesan, broiled (44 calories)
32. 1 oz fat-free cottage cheese on 1 slice caraway Finn Crisp Crispbread (38 calories)
33. 1 oz fat-free mozzarella dipped in 1 tsp marinara sauce (46 calories)
Power up on protein
34. Turkey rollups: 2 slices white meat turkey rolled in 2 lettuce leaves (46 calories)
35. 1 oz smoked salmon (about 1 slice) on 2 Wheat Thins crackers (Multi-Grain) (48 calories)
36. 1 tofu dog with 1 Tbsp sauerkraut (48 calories)
37. 1⁄2 cup plain fat-free yogurt sprinkled with 1 tsp sunflower seeds (49.6 calories)
38. 1.3 oz water-packed tuna with 1 tsp Dijon mustard (48 calories)
39. 2 large hard-cooked egg whites with 1 cup sliced cucumber (48 calories)
40. 1 slice Wasa Fibre Crispbread with 2 tsp hummus (45 calories)
41. 1 medium water-packed sardine with slice of red onion (35 calories)
42. 1⁄2 cup melon with 2 Tbsp 1% cottage cheese (47 calories)
43. 1⁄2 small grapefruit (32 calories)
44. 1⁄3 cup blueberries with 1 Tbsp light sour cream (47 calories)
45. 1⁄2 cup carrots with 1 Tbsp light ranch dressing (45 calories)
46. 1⁄2 cup nonfat milk with 1 Tbsp Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup (40 calories)
47. 1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate made with 1⁄4 cup skim milk and 3⁄4 cup hot water (47 calories)
48. 3⁄4 cup almond milk (45 calories)
49. 3⁄4 cup seltzer with 1⁄4 cup cranberry juice and a lime wedge (33 calories)
50. Homemade iced green tea (with artificial sweetener if desired) (0 calories)wd
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