Saturday, August 13, 2011
Last night, DH and I went out for a fish fry and drinks with a group of friends. I enjoyed myself immensely - got caught up with old friends and met some new folks. Fun, fun, fun!
One of my friends had a really rough week and overindulged a bit in the wine/liquor department. She was relentless about getting me to sing karaoke. My other friend was fantastic, explaining why, even though I'm a trained singer (opera, back in college), I don't sing karaoke. It felt good to know she had my back.
In the past, this type of situation might have cause me to binge when I got home. However, I have learned to employ new skills, attitudes, behaviors and resources. I got home and went straight to bed - I was exhausted, not hungry.
DH was a great listener on the way home, and feeling heard and understood helped a lot as well.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
If there is one thing that has always been true about me, it's that I hate having my picture taken. Far too many pictures exist in which I am making the most frightful face possible, as if I'm trying to make a point:
"Take that, you awful photographer (professional or not)!
I'm gonna look ugly so you won't want to take my picture again!"
(Crosses arms - stomps away full of supposed self satisfaction)
Cut to my adulthood, when I realise that, if I'm lucky, people who don't exist yet might want to see what Grandma looked like at 12, or 35 or 60. It's not all about me, folks.
So, I now dutifully smile for pictures, hoping that I look kind and human to future generations. I sit there hoping that someone will someday say "That's what Grandma looked like at 46? I remember her. She was so good to me."
I'm thinking about adding some pictures to my Spark page, although I don't think it will get done before the fall. I'll have to dig up some of the truly great "grimace" portraits for you.
We could all use a good laugh, couldn't we?
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Today's Sparkpeople Reflections email about forgiveness contained a powerful message, and reminded me that if I don't forgive, I hurt myself most.
What I struggle with is that the person I find it hardest to forgive is a close family member and still exhibits all of the bad behaviors they always did, has stated that the problem is mine alone and that they are unwilling to change, but expect to still have a relationship with me. I only find relief in avoiding this person, as they are SO NEGATIVE it makes my stomach upset.
I don't call or see this person much (especially now, as I am trying to learn how not to overeat in response to anxiety and stress) and I wish I could.
I'll still work on forgiveness....for me.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
When your garden gives you kale, Kale and Feta Breakfast Casserole.
I got the recipe from Kaylyn's Kitchen Blog, so it is South Beach-friendly (I'm not on South Beach, but many of the principles makes sense and seem healthful to me.
Eggy, cheesy and delicious - - and all that nutrition! (216 calories per serving)
Tomorrow - kale chips!
Monday, August 08, 2011
Let me begin by saying that I grew up eating what my mom cooked, that it was a fairly balanced menu and that veggies were always included on the plate. My family ate a good variety of veggies including iceberg lettuce salads, tomato sandwiches, sweet corn and boiled green beans and carrots.
Home microwaves became available when I was in my early teens and my mom embraced this new technology along with most of the other women in the nation. With this, came the scourge of my vegetable-eating life - microwave-steamed broccoli. Blah.
Later, I dutifully cooked veggies for my own kids, slowly learning how to make them more appetizing. One of the best methods I've found for cooking veggies is to roast them with a small amount of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt in a 400 degree-ish oven. The flavors are concentrated (imagine sweet, caramelized carrots and onions), the edges get crispy (broccoli is yummy this way) and it's SO easy! I eat TONS more veggies now, as I actually LOVE them.
Here are resources for some of my favorite roasted veggie recipes:
Roasted Broccoli with Sesame
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Best Roasted Mixed Veggies
There are many other sites and recipes to try - Enjoy!
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