Saturday, August 13, 2011
. . . and yes, that was my lame attempt to mock McCoy when he proclaims many times over, "He's dead, Jim!" What can I say? Iím a bit of a Trekkie fan.
Paradise, during the summertime is sunny, hot, and wet Ė many times over -- within the same day. I thought I might take this opportunity to capture a little of the wild life we enjoy while here. We have flowering Jatrophia bushes in both the front and the back.
We seem to have a friendly bunny that enjoys a daily stroll through the yard.
Our Firebush has never looked so healthy and is about to bloom. At one time, we suspected it would go by the wayside like that of our Bird of Paradise and Live Oak tree (both lost in hurricane Wilma in October of 2005).
Our sea grape probably should have been trimmed back from the roof.
Our pigmy palms are doing nicely.
I can remember, while living in central Wisconsin, nurturing a split-leaf philodendron (first photo below) and schefflera (lizard sunbathing on leaf) for about ten years to what I thought were a monster of a plant. Then learned they grow like weeds (trees) in Florida. They are h-u-g-e and consistently need trimming back to control. I understand lizards are a sign of good health.
When we donít get enough water, there seems to be enough ďdrip irrigationĒ that forms naturally from the roof line so that these beautiful ferns continue to thrive. This reminds me of being back in northern Wisconsin. Thatís my partner doing what he enjoys the most while being here . . . being a lounge lizard, on the lanai, reading a good book (science fiction or mystery/adventure). Last year, after listening to a segment on the Today Show, I bought him the series of Stieg Larsson books, and heís re-reading them all with this one being The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
May you find beauty at your fingertips today.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Iíve already been at the edge of my learning curve with my new Android phone . . . I don't think I've found the bells and whistles that my teamís dear TheTurtleBear found so useful while on vacation. So I'm still taking photos the old fashioned way, albeit with my twelfth digital camera. I'm finding that the older I get, the less I seem to be able to find all these changes as user-friendly as I wish they were.
My laptop has gradually been s-l-o-w-i-n-g down and I knew it was nearing life support. Then came the fatal message the morning after beginning a Norton scan: Back-up immediately . . . disk failure could be imminent! Yikes! This is it! Save me!
Whew! For someone who usually shops long and hard for the best deal, this what-seems-like-a-lifetime Sony girl has become a back-to-school Dell girl, learning a whole new set of what seems like everything (keyboard, software, etc). And yes, this has bitten into my SparkTime and fitness minutes. Fortunately, the peace that keeps me from falling off the technological edge is my continued muttering of the passage, ďDo not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Ē (Philippians 4:6-7)
Even though I've been a bit computer challenged, I have found that I was able to get much more prayer shawl knitting time in, create some great eats, and enjoy a cool sunset. MrsD shared with me an Easy Bean Salad and being that I enjoy a crunchy texture, added a few colorful yellow, red, and orange bell peppers and celery:
Nutrition for 1 cup (6 oz): calories 179, fat 5 g, sodium 204, carb 29, fiber 7.5 g, protein 8.3 g.
The sunset in paradise as I was leaving the computer shop and grocery store:
Many of you know how much I enjoy my food. I also like to take a little extra time occasionally to make it look like an extra special treat -- you should have seen my medically-induced ďplain yogurt and gelatinĒ diet under glass with and candlelight Ė but I digress!
One of the biggest key to my success remains in measuring and tracking, so I take you through my breakfast this morning in three parts: measure, plate, and enjoy!
Nutrition for this complete breakfast, served on a huge 11Ē plate dish includes my morning coffee and water: calories 288, fat 1 g, sodium 101, carbs 67, fiber 9 g, protein 8 g.
May you also get through the stresses of your day and enjoy something great!
Monday, August 08, 2011
I knew it all along! . . . I enjoy eating a little too much! The good news is that at least Iím enjoying a much healthier fare of food these days. The other day, I bought the most beautiful looking green beans, just as my friend, NorthwoodsMom8, was beginning to pick them in her garden. I don't know what it is with my "firsts" of the season, but I just canít seem to get enough, then I proceed to pig out! I grilled five cups -- actually thinking I might share them with my mate -- and then proceeded on eating both plates! Sorry dear, you nap, you lose! . . . I just love vacations in paradise!
Nutrition: calories 219, fat 6, sodium 62, carbs 40, fiber 19, protein 10
I can hardly wait for my first plate of fresh vine-ripened tomatoes! I just came off of freggie (fruits and vegetables) challenge where I typically enjoy about twenty servings of fruits and vegetables in any given day. As you will see, I continue to enjoy my freggies! My fruit bowl breakfast is so thick, you can eat it with a fork. If I were to use a full mango yogurt serving, then I get a tasty, Indian-style healthy fruit salad or dessert cup for about four people.
Nutrition: calories 267, carbs 60, fat 1, protein 7
For lunch today, I had almost forgotten how good freshly ground pepper dressed up the best of my tossed salads . . . yummy! For the sake of convenience, sometimes I make salads in a big container and occasionally I just build two or three at a time. Also pictured is a 4-oz serving of my potato salad with 1 oz of the Special K chips with sea salt.
Combined nutrition: calories 394, fat 8, sodium 1174, carbs 64, fiber 10, protein 23
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is my way to say a special thanks to those of you who shared a comfort food substitution or recipe you enjoy. It means a lot to me!
Care to share another food that you attribute to the secret to your success? Whether it is now or later, please keep me in mind when the time is right.
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.
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