Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Today I had a birthday lunch for my older-teen son and his friends. Events like this help me see that I have continued to take baby steps toward healthy patterns for our family.
A couple of years ago, I would have said you were dreaming if you thought I could have a party for a bunch of guys and not have loads of chips, processed snacks, pop, and candy. That is just WHAT YOU DO to have a fun party. Over the last 2 years I have gradually "cleaned up" the menus for family events. My husband is all for it and actually said several months ago, "You're not buying any more chips, are you?"
Even teen guys like a little atmosphere, so I went for Italian-restaurant ambience with plenty of wholesome food!
Whole wheat blend noodles
Tomato-based Sauce with onions, garlic, green pepper, celery, carrots, and ground beef, plus herbs&spices
Feta cheese & parmesan cheese
Spinach & romaine salad with cucumber, carrots, green pepper, celery & Caesar dressing
Fresh fruit salad: cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple
Toasted Rolls with garlic butter
In beautiful glasses I served ice water without apology. Later we did have chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream.
My son was pleased and I didn't hear a word of complaint about the "absent" items.
Who know the strides I can continue to take on this journey to better health?!
Monday, April 04, 2011
My 13 yo daughter wanted to go in the tea store and taste the exotic flavored iced tea, which was served in shallow sampling cups. She took several sips and put the rest in the trash. I drank all of mine (you could have guessed this, right?) and we continued strolling along.
Much later . . .
DD: You know, that tea we tried was really, really, good!
FL: (astonished) Then why did you throw half of it away???
DD: Because I was through with it!
I thought about her answer for a long, long time.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Have you tried this cool product? Just replace your salt shaker with a Slim Shaker, which is also available in single-serve purse-packets to complement the original classic crystalline tabletop dispenser!
It comes in a tiny paper bubble the size of a salt packet. The product is odorless and colorless. "You can take it anywhere," said Isa Ribov, corporate spokesperson. "You can sprinkle it over your meal without embarrassment."
Rigorous laboratory standards ensure the microscopic purity of what's inside every Slim Shaker we sell. In fact, the granules have such a fine grain, they cannot be seen with the naked eye. "Some people have said the Slim Shaker looks empty," said Ribov. "They just don't understand the power of this product to change how much a person eats and how satisfied she'll feel."
The manufacturer's directions are very specific, and labeling warns that the product will not produce results unless used exactly as prescribed. For clarity the instructions are reproduced here in their entirety:
1. Slim Shaker should only be applied to food if one is seated in a relaxing environment free of distractions.
2. Place all food on a plate and sprinkle with Slim Shaker. Additional servings will void product warranty.
3. Take small bites and chew thoroughly to ensure complete absorption of the product.
4. Eat slowly and savor how Slim Shaker enhances the complexity of flavors in each bite.
5. Put your fork down between bites to ensure activation of Slim Shaker synergy from one bite to another.
If you follow the directions precisely, your friends will be amazed at the results. Don't be the last one on your Spark Team to order this foolproof miracle product!
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
On the Beck Diet Solution goals forum I posted a new challenge for April. The idea is to select a Dr. Beck skill that we have found challenging and practice it for the 30 days of April. This is doable for anyone and easy to fit in with no excuses; it will help us build a stronger foundation to work from. (Thanks to Nancy- for this proposal!)
A good example of a specific goal for this challenge would be one meal a day with no distractions - no TV, radio, reading material, or computer -- but conversation is okay. (Thanks to Nancy15togoal for this suggestion.)
For accountability, report in on the Beck Goals forum to state your intention of the skill you've picked to practice and focus on. Then keep coming back to keep each other posted on progress! We can spur each other on and discuss troubleshooting techniques also.
It takes 3 weeks to build a habit, so consistency with a specific challenge can establish patterns that will take us all the way to our goals!
Many thanks also to SLENDERELLA61, WATERMELLEN, ID_VANDAL, FLUTTER-BY)L(, BLUESKY104, ANUSCHKA9, JUNEMONKEY, and BLUESKY_321 for brainstorming with me about an April challenge.
Slenderella61 threw out a challenge to take my current level of exercise and increase it 5% or 10%, considering time and/or intensity. I'm formally announcing my commitment to do this. For me it means adding a day of running (just a half hour) and trying to cut my best time by a minute per mile. (I'm still a tortoise.)
I will also be following Flutter-By)L( and BlueSky_321 going through the days of the Beck Diet Solution from the beginning.
After a month of this, I guess I'll be a May Motivation Maniac!
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