Thursday, October 14, 2010
This year I've been trying to make more of my own meals. When I first got married, I tried a recipe that included marianating pork for a day, then making the dish...so basically it took me 2-3 days to prepare. My husband came home from his second job that night and said "I'm not hungry." That was the last time I offered to cook for him.
I've taken cooking classes for a couple of years now and for my birthday make a full spread rather than having my family take me out to dinner.
When my guests came in this week, I made several favorites (not diet friendly)...
she crab soup (I went to Charleston to perfect that one);
layered pea salad (I use spinach, red onion, celery, mayo and Parmesan cheese for that);
halibut (grilled, and it was FABULOUS);
BBQ shrimp (also grilled, and SO GOOD);
herb butter (made fresh myself);
mixed fruit salad (no one opted for the yogurt this time);
bison steaks (so yummy, and much leaner than beef);
quinoa and brown rice;
my Mom's pound cake - I added the lemon glaze, it was GREAT;
a spinach salad with goat cheese and avocado...
These are just samples of what I made over the past few days.
My guests were impressed, and we had a wonderful visit.
Back to soup, salads, fruits and oatmeal the rest of the week...
Friday, October 08, 2010
This is just rambling, so don't expect any inspiration today.
There's an annual event in town next week, so I am expecting guests.
This has been the stimulus for getting my house clean, and it is very relaxing to have open space and feel prepared instead of rushed.
I'm looking forward to cooking some special dishes (including BBQ shrimp).
And every second Sunday a group of friends gets together to listen to live jazz. So even though I have not been exercising according to my scheduled training, I feel good, I feel happy.
The outward manifestation has been not only inside the house, but outside. I went to the Lowe's and picked out a bunch of lawn items. There's now fresh mulch, fresh pine straw, new flowers of various colors and types, and the yard is transformed. It pretty much says "WELCOME." And it says, "this home is cared for, not simply a house."
I can imagine the same for my body. When I put on coordinating clothes in colors that accentuate my skin tones, add a little lipstick and take the time to style my hair, I'm probably sending the message "This body is cared for." It's a reminder that I'm worth the effort.
Looking forward to a fun few days... don't expect to hear from me too much til the middle of next week
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I'm not so tech savvy as to be able to post the actual photo yet (will work on that for the half marathon), but wanted to send out the announcement on the newest "member of the family." Growing up, my grandparents had a farm, so I am used to all sorts of animals and considered being a veterinarian before I became a physician. But since I travel extensively, I have not owned a house dog as an adult. I put a bird feeder outside the kitchen window, and that is quite entertaining. But since moving to Durham, I have had a series of Betta fish. Solitary creatures, the males fight if put in a tank together (that's a sad existence, don't you think?)
My first Betta was obtained shortly after my trip to China, so I named him Lan Yu - "Blue Fish" in Mandarin. He survived quite some time before deciding the outside of the bowl held something of interest and I discovered him some time later on the carpet. RIP Lan Yu.
His successor was going to be Lan Yu Two (I have a little Dr. Seuss in me), but he was such an odd little fish, with a totally different personality if something with a 3 second memory can have personality, that my daughter's friend christened him Bob. That reminded me of the Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss movie "What About Bob?" (I STILL get a laugh out of watching that movie), so the name seemed appropriate and stuck. (Bob in the movie also had a pet fish he carried around.)
Bob slowed down over the past month or two, and I tried various things to make sure his tank was extra clean, but it appears old age caught up with him and he made the final trip to the great white trash bag.
Betta Number 3 (3's a charm, right?) had no name for most of the week, but in honor of the shark in JAWS (I still don't like to swim in the ocean!) I have dubbed him Bruce. Last name Wayne. You get the joke.
Long live Bruce Wayne. Where's that Fish Signal?
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Yippee! Iím below BMI 30!
Having reached that milestone, I was thinking how this journey is like riding the subway.
(Hats off to NYC,
but special love to BART in the Bay Area,
and shout outs to DC Metro, Chicagoís El, and all the other special cities worldwide that have this form of public transportation.)
You start off at one station, you have to travel for a while, then you come to another station. You may choose to get off there, or you may be headed for a destination farther down the track.
The stations are the middle goals and successes along our trip.
It is that first 5 lb. Losing a pant size. Looking great at the reunion or wedding.
Finishing our first 5K. Joining a team and completing a challenge.
Seeing our waist again in who knows how long?
Climbing a flight of stairs without getting winded or having our joints give us pain.
It is whatever change you notice that surprises and pleases you!
The destination station is your goal weight.
REALIZE THIS: You get off at the station, but you still have to get home.
That is to say, you will likely end up with a range, not a single number, that your body and your life agree to allow to be the balance you maintain.
After all, along this journey we realize ITíS NOT ABOUT THE SCALE.
Itís about HEALTH.
Itís about confidence. Itís about finding out we are powerful, capable, and valuable.
So which direction are you headed in?
How close are you to your destination station?
Are you willing to ride the train all the way to the end of the line?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ďWho am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? ď
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, 1992, pp. 190-191.
Quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela, and featured in the movie ďAkeelah and the Bee.Ē
Itís my 2 month Sparkversary! So far Iíve lost 12 lb, 4% body fat (=13 lb fat), and 2 BMI points (32.4 to 30.4). My waist is down almost 5 inches! Last week I was 1(!) lb away from getting below a BMI of 30.
All I had to do was keep working my plan. Well, subconsciously, I freaked out. I think part of me is still listening to that negative voice, that ďcriticizing parent,Ē that little fear that says I donít deserve it. So for a couple of days, I didnít get my regular exercise done and the scale headed back north.
Then I gave myself that little smack in the face, saying ďall you have to go is reach out and claim what you want.Ē I CAN achieve my goals and I DO deserve to live my best life.
So thanks to the wonderful SparkFriends who set an example of living their dreams every single day, this weekend I got back up and got moving again. (Shout out to Mickidee44!)
Ran a 5K, biked (until the rain stopped me), learned my upcoming half marathon route, and did not succumb to fast food but made my own healthy meals.
Even though I may take another week to reach that overweight instead of obese goal, I WILL get there and KEEP GOING!
Sometimes we need a push, other times we need a hand up or a pull, but with all you wonderful supportive, inspiring, amazing, motivated friends it will be a joy and a honor to continue the journey.
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