Thursday, January 02, 2014
I remember when I first started (Paul McKenna's version of) mindful eating, I began with just one very simple and measurable target: put my cutlery/food down in between bites. From there, the rest flowed easily.
I'm going to try that again. I'm not going to beat myself up if I forget, but I'm going to make sure I do it at least once per day so that the habit starts to form. I'm not going to worry about anything else... not my weight, not how much I'm eating, not even how much I'm savouring what I'm eating. Just putting the food down in between bites.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
This time of year is a wardrobe nightmare for me, for a whole bunch of reasons. One of those reasons is that my thighs rub together, and quickly go raw unless there's fabric between them. I love wearing summer dresses, and would prefer to not have to wear tights or leggings underneath them, so what's a girl to do?
My latest discovery: rubbing stick deodorant on my inner thighs. It sounds ridiculous but it really does stop chafing, and helps keep the sweat at bay too! Try it.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I've been kidding myself for a good long while now... telling myself that it's ok to eat that pint of ice cream, big bag of crisps, and family size pack of Skittles all in one sitting because I'm stressed, and I'll deal with the repercussions later.
Here's the truth:
- I have a problem with binge eating, and the only way it will ever get better is if I stare it in the face
- Binge eating is not going to solve any of my problems
- Putting it off for another day is only going to make the problem bigger
Even while typing that, even though I know it's true, I don't feel quite ready to accept it. I *like* wolfing down big packets of chocolate and sweets. I *like* the sensation of being over-stuffed. I *like* saying 'sod it' and letting go of control. The prospect of turning my back on all of that is frightening, and makes me feel a little bit rebellious. And that's the truth of why I've never stayed on track in the long run.
There's another truth: I'm not happy in my skin right now. I pretend I don't feel hot wearing a cardigan in 30 degree heat so that I don't have to show off my flabby arms. I constantly wriggle and writhe trying to find seated positions that are both comfortable and flattering. I flinch when my boyfriend touches my stomach. I avoid seeing old friends because I don't want them to see what has become of me.
I suspect I'm not alone, but it often feels as though I am.
I've essentially finished my course and I have 8 weeks before I'm back in the classroom. I want to make changes I can stick with, even when the going gets tough (as it inevitably will), but I'm not really sure where to start.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
I've written before about how I'm über-lazy when it comes to preparing food, but every once in a while, I'm struck by inspiration.
I prefer to cook without a recipe when I can get away with it. That's the way my mum has always done it, and I look up to her culinary skills big time. I also find it a lot less stressful because there's no constant checking and measuring involved - I just let my instincts guide me.
Because I don't cook that often, sometimes my instincts aren't that great and I end up with something a bit mediocre or even borderline disgusting. Today was not one of those days.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...
Um, I don't know what to call it (some kind of veggie breakfast?) and I ate it too quickly to get a picture, but you can trust me when I say it was delicious and you should try it.
Here's my method...
Cooking time: about 10-15 minutes?
Yield: a big pan's worth
Nutritional info: no idea, but it's pretty healthy
dash of cumin seeds
smaller dash of fennel seeds
a bit of olive oil
large onion, diced
2 bell peppers, diced (I used green and orange)
tin of kidney beans
dash of milk
salt, to taste (I used the crumbly kind)
some kind of tomato-based sauce (I had intended to use a tin of ratatouille but couldnt find it, so I wound up using a generous pour of Dolmio original bolognese)
handful of spinach
sprinkling of feta cheese
freshly ground pepper, to taste
Toast cumin and fennel on a hot pan for about a minute or until it turns fragrant
Add olive oil and onion, reduce to med-high heat and cook until onion begins to brown
Stir in peppers, cover and reduce heat, stirring occasionally
When peppers begin to soften, add kidney beans and continue as before
Whisk eggs with milk and a bit of salt in a small bowl
Move veggies to one side of pan and pour egg mixture to other side, raise heat to med-high, scrape and stir frequently
When mostly scrambled, mix with vegetables and a bit more salt
Stir in tomato sauce, reduce heat and cover for another few minutes
Put handful of spinach on a plate and top with veggie mixture
Add feta and pepper to taste
(just don't accidentally use a bad egg like I did)
Sunday, March 31, 2013
My trip to Croatia was a whirlwind of a week, with ever-changing weather and landscapes.
It began with this...
... which was just a little bit of a shock. Particularly when we were sent on diversion, off the motorway and onto winding, cliff side roads. A 6 hour drive turned into 10, and in that time we saw snow, rain, ice pellets, and thunderstorms. The temperature ranged from -5 to 12.
In the end, we arrived here:
Dubrovnik was beautiful, and I got a workout in by walking the city wall.
And my boyfriend made a new friend.
This cat was so excited to see people, it nearly jumped on my face as I was trying to take a picture.
Next stop was the darling little town of Trogir, near Split. And the sun had come out!
The old town is a labyrinth of old stone buildings.
Next was Plitvice Lakes National Park. We were up north again, so the snow was back... but it was a balmy 9 degrees.
These photos were taken from yet another slippery cliff side. Croatians don't seem to have really latched on to the idea of health and safety regulations. We spent about 3 hours walking through the park.
Our last day was spent in Zagreb, which would have been lovely had it not been raining. As it was, we mainly enjoyed a lot of coffee and cake. And had a peek into people's failed relationships.
It was a glorious trip, but I have to say... I'm exhausted and I'm glad to be home.
Happy Easter, everyone!
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