Saturday, April 09, 2011
Shelleyís blog got me thinking about some of the new habits Iíve adopted. You donít have to give up your favorite foods. You just have to learn how to modify them and eat them in moderation. Two such examples of this new behavior includes:
Cheese is a garnish.
When I make my own pizza, I use a thin crust, flatbread, or tortilla, or whole wheat English muffin and load it with my favorite marinara sauce, colorful veggies (red onion, mushroom, red pepper, water chestnuts), lots of my favorite spices (heavier on garlic, onion and crushed red pepper), sometimes add a lean meat, and top with a light sprinkle of a sharper flavored cheese. Hungry Girl has lots of great pizza options. One of them is in the photo above.
2 Samuel 17:29a
Honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of cows for David and the people with him to eat;
Eggs are good health
However, I have learned how easy it is to sacrifice at least half of the yolks of the eggs when I make potato salad (one egg to one potato ratio). I happen to like the zesty flavor, so I now use more mustard and less light Miracle Whip. Add a pretty red pepper slice garnish and I can work one or two servings into a meal plan quite nicely!
I also love to make omelets using only one-half or one egg yolk to three egg whites. Iíve had fun making omelets in a bag at a breakfast gathering. Itís also easy to sautť up (slowly) a large omelet with todayís great non-stick cookware with lots of great veggies and garnished with a little cheese and tasty salsa.
Can that which has no taste to it be eaten without salt? Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg? [The white of a large egg has 55 mg of salt . . . so yes, the white of an egg has flavor!]
So many new and healthy options open up to us and people watching me eat all these wonderfully filling foods donít believe Iím eating on a weight loss program. The key here is Iím choosing a lot more filling foods.
Have you had an ďAh Ha!Ē moment or two with how youíve changed your eating habits?
Thursday, April 07, 2011
With friends bursting into song around me, I canít help but take todayís news with joyful song. When I weighed in at my Weight Watcher meeting, I had my friend check the scale twice! -- 3.4 pounds! I was ecstatically happy (elated) . . . . such an intense glow of satisfaction and joy came over me. Wow!
Special thanks go to my SparkPeople friends and two team challenges with the Teddy Bears and Sunny Flowers. While Iím a bit sad that we are nearing the end of our challenges, I am happy to report that I:
1) Ate consistently well with great satisfaction (no denial)
2) Varied and improved my level of fitness, and
3) Managed reasonably well, a much busier schedule than normal with returning home for a few weeks.
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Even my Tai Chi is beginning to look a bit more graceful (surprise, surprise) . . . an art form that can take six to ten years to perfect.
Now Iím ready for another vacation (still want to get to the theatre and knit another prayer shawl) and plan to return to Florida.
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing,
Hope you find high spirits and great friends around you to help keep you motivated to achieving your goals.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Deer often come into the city to see if they can find food or drink. This one is finding both water and apple slices at a friend's home. Even the deer know quality food . . . something my improved life habits have come to enjoy during this wonderful journey to a new and healthy me! In just a week or two, I hope to declare that I have reached the realm of NORMAL (albeit the high end) on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale. WooHoo for even being that close!
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
May your travels around these SparkPages bring a smile to your face!
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I love strolling along the waterfront and enjoy carrying a camera just incase that photo opp becomes available. While walking along the Osaugie Trail along Lake Superior, I came upon a seed pod beginning to release its seeds, ready to be eaten by wildlife or planted by the wind or birds. Nature also has a wonderful sense of humor . . . do you see the seedy plant as forming a crane?
He replied, ďIf you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ĎBe uprooted and planted in the sea,í and it will obey you.
1 Kings 22:30b
ďI will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.Ē
Hopefully something you come across in your day gives you an opportunity to smile, laugh a little, or experience joy.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Being attuned to Mother Nature is often when I enjoy the power of Godís beautiful creation the most. I am fortunate, in that I find something to see joy in every day.
Today I enjoyed a veggie buffet at the local Thai restaurant with a good friend. Oh what fun it is to enjoy good food with perhaps a little less curry sauce than might normally be served with the dish when ordered off the menu. I love that I was able to maintain six of the seven of the nutritional ranges that more closely monitor: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and sodium, while my fiber intake was a bit high.
I can remember a time when watching people at the buffet would mean selecting crab and cheese fried wontons, other fried wonders, smothered with sweet and sour sauce, or just selecting certain meats from a favorite dish, leaving, what we might have called, the boring veggies behind. I've come to love veggies so much, I often leave the meat behind. I think people watching me probably think Iím a bit strange. Oh well . . . I've had that all my life, so now that I feel I have it under control, Iím actually enjoying that aspect of my quirky and creative personality . . . who else could feel right at home dressed in a Sri Lankan, Indian, or Nepali native outfit regularly? I'm so blessed by the diversity around me. I praise God for such great glory.
So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
I find the transition from winter to spring magnificent in its own right. The water falls are more powerful with the melted snow. It was all I could do to keep my camera lens dry this evening . . . the mist was that powerful!
ďYour love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears."
As water reflects the face, so oneís life reflects the heart.
May your path cross a segment of beauty that makes you take pause and reflect.
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