Friday, January 06, 2012
I was always a skinny kid growing up, here I am at a Rainbow girls installation (2nd from the left) I never thought a whit about food. When we ate my mom was more of a one pot meal cooker. She didn't think much about eating either and her job as a photo journalist was always primary on her mind...certainly not homemaking. She didn't get married until her mid 30's and didn't have me until she was somewhere around 36ish...something absolutely unheard of in the 50's era.
So like daughter, like mother...I just never focused on food, sometimes I'd even forget to eat and then get this gnawing feeling inside and decide...oh...better eat something. We ate mostly plant based foods, my daddy was a farmer and loved his gardens even after we moved to the BIG city of Des Moines, Iowa. My mother didn't like meats much except turkey...so when she cooked it was usually what came out of the garden fresh. My favorites were wilted lettuce, and new potatoes and green beans. I just loved those dishes as a child.
After I had Josh around the age of 31 I started noticing that I had a little weight left over from pregnancy that was stubborn to drop. I think I really started adding weight in my late 40's to early 50's. I always had a stubborn 10 pounds that I was fighting with that eventually turned into 20, then 30, then 40, and up to 60. So distressing this extra weight is. It harnesses me and reminds me that I really CAN'T do anything by just wishing it away.
So...I'm ready to admit this and get busy shedding it to be the best I can be in the current moment.
I know HOW to lose weight...I just need to LEARN how to consistently practice the healthy habits that keep it off.
That's calories in versus calories out. I have never been a big exerciser for the sake of exercising but I do know that if you get yourself to do it you are rewarded with happy little endorphines that make you feel great...so it's really worth the effort right?
I have NO excuse not to use my treadmill, and I get plenty of exercise vaulting up and down the huge expanse of stairs at our consignment gallery.
You can't tell how really tall they are from this shot...but believe me they are UP there! I run up and down them many times a day with customer questions. This counts as a work out right?
Another thing I need to work on is eating smaller meals more frequently...this is always a challenge because it demands prep time and planning...both things that my crazy topsy turvy lifestyle challenge me to do.
Then...I need to go within and ask me what is REALLY eating me that I am turning to food to supply when I should be getting to the root of the frustration without food props. Hummmm this is where meditation will come in handy...another challenge I need to learn to sit still for and explore.
I know we all have our own individual journeys to explore in what makes us tick and together I know that supporting each other is nurturing and filling and we can do it WITHOUT food...for sure...for sure!
Monday, January 02, 2012
January 2 and I'm still up to my healthy habits...good job Roberta. That's my given name and I always use it when I'm feeling kinda pompous and important.
I feel good when I make healthy choices...and today I stayed on task. I got my treadmill in and extra exercise dashing up and down the long staircase to my studio. I worked on a few projects up there and could quite easily just LIVE up there full time. Of course I'd have to come down for occasional QUICK meals like the one I made tonight..hee..hee...but other than that...just me, my beads, and HGTV...we'd all get along just fine!
My studio is truly my bliss and as you know the one place I hate to give up if we are forced to leave our beloved home.
I'm still in the thick of the 'save our home' fight but whatever happens happens...I'll just have to adjust.
It WON'T be easy...I LOVE my studio..but you know that by now don't you?
No where.. ABSOLUTELY no where.. in the world makes me happier or more inspired to create things of beauty than right upstairs in my cozy little nest of a studio. The 2nd floor of this home and the wetlands behind it are the two principle things I will miss VERY much! But I'm keeping the faith babes...and hoping that for once...just once.. the courts will favor the little guy..hopefully optimistic as they say. I keep thinking of the saying "Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible!" C. Moses
But the real truth is...I wish I had a relative who is a member of congress...or a bestie who is a judges wife or something more pertinent to the way the world REALLY works.. Alas I don't...I only have me..the little warrior woman that I am!
Here's a shot of the wetlands right outside my studio window...who wouldn't be inspired looking at the face of God himself..in his beautiful gift of nature?
Say big powerful prayers for the hubs and I to be able to stay in our home at a payment that we can actually afford. It surely wasn't our fault that the construction industry fell through the crapper and our 30 year business suffered the solvency we were so accustomed to earning and making the sky high mortgage payments. Trust me we made those payments for years..so the bank really is ahead of the game as far as monies earned. We worked and worked with those scoundrels to get a permanent modification and they stomped our good will right into the mud committing crimes and fraud that should have THEM in jail...not US out of our beloved home.
But hey...it's only the second day of a brand new year..so I've got to stop the pity party and realize that we are truly blessed to have each other, great friends, a thriving new business and a lawyer who is fighting the good fight for us. Well...actually I'm fighting the good fight..they take my research and do the legal paper pushing... I can assure you...if I weren't the engine on the track...we'd be sitting at the station.
Good point...don't expect other people to do your work...if you want it done...get off your little tushie and make it happen. We are all the master's of our own ships and God helps those who help themselves.. you get my point..right?
I had a productive, healthy day. I updated the consignment gallery website if you want to check out my hard work take a gander at www.foundobjektconsignmentgallery.com you'll find the website..and I'm pretty proud to tell you I built it me~self along with Yahoo's help.
If you can't pick it up right away...we sometimes have problems with our Mac go to yahoo as your server and we should pop right up. Sorry...shameless self promotion there for a minute or two...but if you don't toot your own horn...no one else will. Okay...enough.. you tell me with the sayings already!
For dinner I made a super quick and easy but yet very healthy one skillet meal. You might like it...goes together in 15 minutes and cooks in just a little over 20 minutes.
Mango Mojito Chicken
4-4 oz chicken breasts
2 ripe mangos, pitted and diced
1 green pepper chopped
1 c low sodium chicken broth
1/2 c chopped scallions
2 T chopped fresh mint
1 T fresh lime juice
1 t finely grated lime zest
1 t finely grated garlic
2 c cooked brown rice
In large skillet heat 2 T olive oil on med. high. Salt & pepper chicken breasts and cook 1-2 minutes on each side til nice and brown.
Add mangos, bell pepper, broth, scallions, mint, lime juice, lime zest and garlic and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium, partially cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes undisturbed until chicken is cooked through. Add rice to skillet and stir to combine cook a few minutes to heat through.
1 chicken breast and 1 c mango rice mixture = approx. 340 calories
Not bad and QUITE tasty too!
What did YOU do today to stay healthy and happy...I'm taking names and checking your resolve..okay..yes...I realize it is only day 2 of our brand new year, but every day a little something will move you closer to your ideal..so fill me in.
Get An Email Alert Each Time FLORIDASUN Posts