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Busy, busy inside and out...

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I've been busting my butt around here the last couple of days. With Darryl and Devon out of town (W.V) until late tomorrow night and Kate working and staying at friends' place last night, I took advantage of the time alone and really worked hard. I did a lot of weeding and mowed the yards (we do ours and two other neighbors'), and rearranged out in the back yard (moved the table and chairs and hammock and lawn chairs), washed and hung out several loads of laundry, cleaned inside and did a bit of rearranging inside as well. I'm not at all surprised that I'm sore today! Some of the furniture I moved was a bit heavy for a one-person job!

I even forgot to eat today! Sort of...I had a small Greek style yogurt with a handful of high fiber cereal for breakfast (at 5:00, since the darn songbirds woke me at 4 AM!!) and another small yogurt for lunch. That's it...Not great, I know...I meant to eat better...and in fact, lately I really have been eating very well. But today I was so busy I forgot!

So I'm treating myself to Chinese delivery for dinner tonight. There's a new place that just opened and they have an extensive vegetarian selection...many of the items are healthy choices, as well! So I'm waiting for my delivery now...taking a much deserved break in my clean house!

More next time!

  
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MAINEROCKS 7/6/2008 9:40AM

    I love that good kind of sore! Enjoy that proof that you gave your muscles a good workout :-)

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METALBABE 7/5/2008 5:43PM

    Wow - you really have been busy! Good for you. Your achievements make me feel guilty for being in bed all weekend!

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I made a delicious soup!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


This might not be too amazing to most people...but I don't cook! So when I stumble on something I feel comfortable making and actually like the end result, I'm thrilled!

This soup is a sweet potato kale soup and it's super easy and very delicious...and oh so good for me! It's vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, Vidalia onions, garlic scapes, some Bragg's liquid aminos, some nutritional yeast, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 4 packets of splenda. Yum!

I also made a lovely tossed salad that was a lovely way to start the meal. The dill was from my garden but the greens were from the farmers' market. It was also very tasty!

I really enjoy working a shorter day and having time to shop/cook! I wish I could do it year-round. I'll just have to manage my time better when I got back to the longer work days this fall.

Have to run...dog's asking to go out.

  
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DCFKAF 7/4/2008 8:58AM

    I'm discovering that is very true! Thanks for the comments and support, guys! Happy 4th!

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HEARTLIGHT 7/3/2008 10:54PM

    And think of all that joy you added to this wonderful soup! Loving our food is a key ingredient, don't you think?

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MAINEROCKS 7/3/2008 9:12AM

    Yum!
We'll be calling you Martha Stewart any day now! ;-)

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HHHBYE 7/2/2008 9:56PM

  Mhmmm that does look yummy!

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Loving my gardens...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


I'm really liking feeling so connected to the food I will eat in the future...I love my gardens unnaturally! I like to watch them grow like I used to watch my sleeping babies. I have more photographs of my new little gardens than some people have of their children!

I must be careful not to turn into a garden lady, like some people become cat ladies. Instead of smelling like cat pee and being covered in hair, I'll smell like dirt and be covered in compost! (There are worst things, right?!) Instead of little brag books of my kids and pets, I'll carry photos of all the stages of my tomato plants. I can see it now...

Anyway, I think feeling so connected to the food I'm growing to eat is really a good thing. And should (I hope) help me stay on the healthy path.

I'm trying to buy organic, locally-grown only, which does limit my diet substantially, living in upstate NY. I won't do it year round, but I'll stick to it as long as I can. Between the farmers' market, my garden and the local natural food stores, I should be okay for a while.

Winters are pretty harsh here, so I'm planning to do a lot of canning this fall, to carry us through most of the winter. My parents have always canned, so they're going to help us with this venture. We've played around with it a bit years ago, when the kids were little...mostly making pickles and relishes and jams. Not so much canning veggies. But I'd really like to do that this year. And maybe make up a bunch of pesto and freeze it for the winter months.

It's so exciting for me to be so into the food...I mean CLEARLY I was into eating it in the past. But I never thought much about growing it, caring for it, putting that energy into it every step of the way. I'm now wanting to start cooking more. (Darryl should be happy to hear that!) I've collected vegetarian cookbooks for years...would pull them out and bookmark all the recipes I wanted Darryl to make. Now I'm going back into them and making lists of ingredients and beginning to make them myself!

"This time" feels different than every other new attempt to get healthy. I'm coming at it from a completely different perspective. Before it was all about how I had to exercise more (something I don't like doing) and how I had to eat less (also something I hate doing) instead of looking at it as making healthy meals and taking better care of my body. I'm looking at it as a positive instead of a negative thing. I'm looking forward to it, instead of dreading it. And I feel good. I don't remember ever feeling good on a diet before. I guess that's it. I don't see this as a diet. It's a healthy, positive way of life. I don't feel like I'll be missing out on anything. I don't plan to limit myself.

Man, I hope this jazzed feeling stays with me. I'm on a natural high right now! Have to close out and get busy...laundry, dishes, oh yeah...and a book from the library! (Summer vacation, ya know! At least until tomorrow, when summer school starts.



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HEARTLIGHT 7/1/2008 8:54PM

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MAINEROCKS 7/1/2008 3:02PM

    I can relate! I don't grow my own veggies but I have lots of perrenials that are my babies. I love my gardens! I brought back more this weekend from my uncle's nursery and got to thinking about how some day we will move... I think I'll have a heart attack about leaving my plants behind! Eek!

I'm so excited that you're excited! I hope that feeling stays with you for quite some time. Have a great time with cooking new recipes and taking care of your dogs with long walks. You'll be having so much fun you won't even notice the "diet" of it all! Just a new and healthy take of life! WOOHOO!

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Day 1...again!

Sunday, June 29, 2008


So I'm back in the grind...The last few days I've been putting my square foot gardening frames together and getting the plants in. It's really got me jazzed about eating better...more organic, more raw, and more locally grown.

I'm also concerned that Roxie and Daisy are gaining weight. Toby, not so much. So in an effort to help the female four-leggeds shed some weight, I'll be taking them for more vigorous walks. (Funny how I can do it for them but not so much for me, huh?! Something to look at, I think!)

Anyway, I made an awesome dinner last night, pictured above. Asian greens, garlic scapes, scallions, basil sauteed in a bit of oil, nutritional yeast and liquid aminos, along with some tofu. It was tasty, organic, and super easy to make.

My goal this summer is to get more involved in the kitchen. I've always left that to Darryl. But I need to take a more active role in making the meals. I'm looking forward to it!

Have to run...I'm on my way to Albany today. More next time!

  
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MAINEROCKS 6/30/2008 9:31AM

    Yummy dinner! If walking the dogs get you out there... hey, go for it! :-) In getting them healthy, you'll be one fit lady yourself! :-)

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METALBABE 6/29/2008 2:59PM

    I have been spending lots of time in the garden, too, and it is SO inspiring in so many ways. Glad to hear you've caught the gardening bug, too!

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JIBBIE49 6/29/2008 9:03AM

    I use to watch the PBS show on SQUARE FOOT GARDENING and he made it look so easy.

I'm reading "I CAN MAKE YOU THIN" by Paul McKenna, who has a TV show in England. I listen to his hypnosis CD every day. He has clips on YouTube. Do check him out. There is a ICMYT Sparkteam, too.

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Day 1...again!

Sunday, June 29, 2008


So I'm back in the grind...The last few days I've been putting my square foot gardening frames together and getting the plants in. It's really got me jazzed about eating better...more organic, more raw, and more locally grown.

I'm also concerned that Roxie and Daisy are gaining weight. Toby, not so much. So in an effort to help the female four-leggeds shed some weight, I'll be taking them more more vigorous walks. (Funny how I can do it for them but not so much for me, huh?! Something to look at, I think!)

Anyway, I made an awesome dinner last night, pictured above. Asian greens, garlic scapes, scallions, basil sauteed in a bit of oil, nutritional yeast and liquid aminos, along with some tofu. It was tasty, organic, and super easy to make.

My goal this summer is to get more involved in the kitchen. I've always left that to Darryl. But I need to take a more active role in making the meals. I'm looking forward to it!

Have to run...I'm on my way to Albany today. More next time!

  


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