Thursday, January 19, 2012
Forgiveness is tough for me, whether forgiving myself or others, and holding onto guilt and grudges is just too fatiguing. This year, I will cultivate an attitude of forgiveness. I have already added the following statement to my daily affirmations:
I forgive myself and others for hurts, real or perceived.
In addition, I will add at least a short forgiveness meditation to my daily remembrances. Finally, I will find at least one reading a week on forgiveness.
I'm open to suggested readings!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
DH and I said a few weeks ago we would do this, and we have not made any move to get started. So now it's time to start working toward the Yellow Jacket 5K on April 14 at my trainer's son's school. Although I ran 5K and 10K races when I was younger, I've shied away from races these days because of arthritic knees, but Spark friends have told me there are races that are walker-friendly. Since I already participate in walking events of 10-20K a day, walking 5K is not a real challenge, and I still jog a bit, so to make it a challenge, I will aim to complete the 5K with a combination of my "running" (a slow shuffle-jog that's not so hard on the knees) and walking in 40 minutes. I hope that's a reasonable goal for outside. My past virtual 5K's have all been on the treadmill, some flat and some with random incline, and have ranged from 50 minutes (last February, when I started SP) to 36:41 (running before the knees got too painful).
Today: Measure out a trail in the neighborhood
Walk/jog at least 3 days/week with interval work to increase speed
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm working on the decluttering effort, as I posted yesterday, and, while getting rid of clutter is a component of organization, it is not the same as being organized. My organization challenge is that, whether at work or at home, I tend to do the next thing that comes along, especially if it's a job I think I can knock out quickly. Well, "quickly" is a relative term, because while I'm busy at one small task, I get sidetracked by others I see, and before long I have a bunch of partially finished small tasks and not even a start on major projects. So here's what I'm gonna do in the next 15 minutes:
1. List my work projects.
2. Outline the subtasks in each project.
3. Assess where I stand in the subtasks.
4. Prioritize the top 3 subtasks for today.
In the last 15 minutes of the work day, I will take stock of what I accomplished to see if I used my time wisely and if I was a good judge of the time needed. Then I will set up a *prioritized* list for tomorrow (as opposed to my usual exhaustive list of nit-noids with the big things never getting attention).
When I get home this evening, I will spend 15 minutes on home projects, especially financial, so we don't get into the tax filing crunch again.
Signing out to work. Carry on.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Quick one today. Although I've developed a good habit of daily mail triage to keep junk mail from piling up, I've gotten off track with my Flylady decluttering effort in other areas. Habit I want to restore: at least one 15-minute decluttering period daily.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I was reminded yesterday that we were already given a theme for this exercise: blogging about habits we would like to develop. My first thought was one that came to me last week, that of spending less time online. Of course, accomplishing this blogging/feedback exercise blows that habit out of the water, so that one will have to wait.
So...based on a breakfast experiment this morning, a new habit for me will be to try at least two new recipes each month, and I'm counting the one we tried this morning: Spinach & Cheese Frittata. We modified a SP version of the recipe that made one serving (submitted by THEMOMMYMOM) by doubling the ingredients and adding lots of veggies. The result for two people was a huge, restaurant-size portion, and we served it with Smithfield maple bacon and mimosas. Our thinking is that next time we will split the frittata into 4 portions and serve a bowl of fruit on the side. Anyway, here is the recipe we tried. The nutrition info for the original 1-serving recipe is included (which would be 1/2 of the frittata we made, not 1/4).
Spinach, Cheddar, and Veggie Frittata (2 or 4 servings)
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or regular spinach, roughly chopped)
1 cup egg substitute, liquid (we used regular Egg Beaters)
2 oz reduced-fat sharp cheddar, shredded (we used Cabot 75% fat-free)
2 tsp olive oil
1 dash salt (we left out the salt)
1 dash black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (we left this out)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/3 c green bell pepper, diced
1/3 c red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp finely-diced sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 - 1 c roughly chopped mushrooms (baby bellas would be good)
Preheat broiler. Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe pan) on medium-low heat on stove top. Saute onions and peppers till soft. Add tomatoes and saute 1 minute. Add spinach and mushrooms and saute until spinach is slightly wilted. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium-low heat until eggs are almost set (3-4 minutes). Place skillet in broiler 5-6 inches from the heat, and broil until top is set (took 3-5 minutes since there was so much moisture from the veggies). Serve immediately.
Nutrition for 1/2 frittata (based on how we prepared the recipe without added salt):
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Sodium 44 mg
Potassium 315 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 22 g
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