Sunday, August 07, 2011
. . . Iím so grateful that my fledgling state didnít last very long -- although it was real, and it does come and go (I just donít let it out very often!). We all probably have times when we just don't know if we have a good handle on healthy living. While I know better, I let the scale get the better of me.
I worshipped last night with a group of people (musicians, ministers, and church family) I havenít seen for nearly three months. The music was exceptional, as was the message. The leadership in this church is truly an inspired group of people and I found myself telling them that many of the members need to get away for a week or two, then return to see how good they actually have it. Praise God for inspiration in the Word . . . you really do need to get out of the boat if you want to walk on water.
Afterwards, I took this opportunity to walk the Eco Park. By the time I was through, it was as if I had walked an hour in a sauna. Whew! . . . I was dripping!
The most fun thing happened when I checked out at the grocery store last night, the young woman said, ďHi, young ladyĒ. . . to which I replied, I hadn't heard that in a long time and she responded, ďI just tell it as I see itĒ and then used a non-verbal and smile that complimented my attire. She seemed to have a most sincere glow about her. She made my day! Hereís the sunset I managed to snap as I was leaving the parking lot:
After reading about a SparkFriend turning 40 yesterday, I have come to the realization that I'm nearly sixty years old and lovin' this celebration called life! Who would have guessed that many of us have chosen never to be as old as our parents or grandparents!
I like to think that I continually find the child inside me, looking at Godís beautiful creation while in a state of awe and wonder, and finding both peace and joy within that which is sometimes a most chaotic world. Do you find the child or do things that keep you young?
Friday, August 05, 2011
Who would have guessed it? I have successfully been able to turn many of my favorite comfort foods into healthy creations. Chef Meg does this all the time and while we may turn up our nose at one dish, another may be just the trick weíre waiting to incorporate into our new lifestyle. Letís face it, we are wonderfully and uniquely created with our very own (and sometimes quirky) loves.
My tracker has become my one of my greatest friends and motivator! With summertime picnics, I just canít bring myself to eating (let alone logging in my nutritional log) a commercial potato salad. How can these foods be made so bad? I happen to love the zippy flavor of deviled eggs, so I make a potato salad heavy on mustard and eggs (using more egg whites). Last night I ate a whole pound of potato salad as my supper entrťe (388 calories). Even after my oatmeal breakfast, I enjoyed 4 oz of my potato salad on a cup of baby spinach leaves (104 calories). Foods like this allow me to truly enjoy being a flexitarian (someone who doesnít need meat for their primary source of protein).
What are your favorite foods and have you found one great replacement that makes it a healthier option? Make this change once a week, or once a month, and before you know it, you have a whole portfolio of options available to help make your road to success a much more enjoyable one.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Being at goal is rewarding, however it is also a new experience. Having been fat all my life except for two all-too-brief encounters (1975 and now), this is hard stuff. My mindset has been to lose weight and itís hard to think in any other way. My goal has changed and I canít say that Iím adapting very well. If I were to stand in front of a mirror, I see an emotional wreck with arms fledgling like the robot in Lost in Space saying, ďDanger, Will Robinson, danger!Ē
I opened a box of FiberPlus cereal the other day at midnight and found I ate nearly half the box before I let it go. Fortunately, it was a small serving box, but four servings placed on my breakfast tracker was frightful! It pretty much ruined my entire day. If this had been a fiber challenge, I would have been off the charts! 8-))
My official Weight Watcher weigh-in today put me right at the end of my two pound leeway that Iím allowed: Iím now two pounds over goal . . . but in reality, I know, due to recent salt intake and other known factors, this high is only temporary. I know Iím headed in the wrong direction and need to take my ďwant-to-munch-all-the-timeĒ attitude and put it back in check! Itís time again to treat this temple of mine with the respect due it! This is my Danger Zone, so I will review my goals, as TheTurtleBear recommends and see if I canít, ďStep it up a notch.Ē Thanks, Mimi.
For starters, I found a new product at Walmart yesterday. Josephís lavash flex, oat, and whole grain 9x13Ē super soft flatbread. One slice is two (2) servings. Two servings come in at 100 calories, 4 gr fat, 520 sodium, carbs 14, fiber 6, and protein 10. Not bad!
Iíve been making pizzas on the high-fiber Italian flatout bread (6 slices) and can make 8 slices with this new stuff. Being the ultimate food lover that I am, I know that ďmore is better.Ē This is the type of thinking I also need to keep in check so that they fall within my nutritional ranges. The whole pizza comes out at 6 veggies and just under 400 calories. Iím still playing with the means of heating, as my first try came out a bit messy (fork recommended) and I didnít want to light an oven on a hot summer day.
I recognize Iím in a Danger Zone and am now taking steps to hopefully reverse this trend. Itís never too late! Have you made a vow for recent self improvement? This is a good time to assess where you are with attaining your goals.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Glad to hear the Teddy Bears landed the plane successfully. Road freggies are a little more difficult to work in, but not impossible if you can think outside the box a little.
I enjoyed a hot bowl of chili while breakfasting at the Waffle House in an overly air conditioned room. Originally, I had a photo, but could not upload it from my internet phone.
Keep moving as you are able and work in at least five freggies (fruits and veggies) today.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Okay . . . so Iím not normal . . . I know it! I have my ups and downs just like everyone else , however, I'm usually pretty good at choosing to find the joy in as many small things as possible.
Some days, you simply have to change it up and here I am today cleaning out my fridge for holiday. Please know that the plate below is a HUGE 10.5" plate . . . just goes to show you I like my freggies! Hereís my breakfast:
And itís a homemade veggie pizza for lunch! And if the mail bring just the right package, it's quality R&R and eating out time for a few meals!
Now, itís back make sure I'm ready to go. Make the most of all that youíve been given today!
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