Monday, May 26, 2008
"The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces." -Traditional Proverb
I have parked in a few of these over time. Usually though, I like to drive straight through, and lately, that has been my plan for off-road activities as well. But, when conditions are bad, you may need to slow down some. Sometimes, when it is pouring down rain, and you really can't see, I think it's also okay to pull off the road for a little while, but once it clears up, you have to get going again. And to further this metaphor -- I think you should always have some great music playing while you drive!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
In honor of Ralph Waldo Emerson's 205th birthday, one of his quotes. I truly believe the man was a prophet, he spoke of how things should be, and worked to that end.
"Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This journey is about progress of many kinds, and especially on this path, we work the activities of today with the assurance that tomorrow there will be results. Of course, sometimes tomorrow takes a while, but I'm still working.
My husband suggested pizza tonight, and I said no way, because my final Tax Day Challenge Weigh-in is Tuesday, and I will be at 160 by then, and that means NO PIZZA.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
"If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh
I like this, because it says go for whatever it is you want, whether you (or anyone else) thinks it is possible. I thought for years that I could not lose weight, I tried different diets, I have always eaten healthy and exercised somewhat. I figured that this was the weight my body wanted to be at. Well, that weight was 30lbs ago, so cleary I was wrong. I silenced the voice and am getting closer and closer to healthy.
Friday, May 23, 2008
"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end." -Ursula LeGuin
I really like this one, because we are often so focused on what weight we want to be that we forget that we are trying to learn to live a healthy lifestyle that will take us somewhere we want to be. Sure, I would enjoy junky applebees food, but only while there. Afterwards, I would not enjoy my digestive system trying to make sense of it, my blood sugar getting off balance, and my body feeling heavy and icky. I enjoyed my tilapia, and I definitely enjoy feeling not over-full after going out to eat. I'm still a bit hungry, so after a lot of water, I will eat something small and healthy. This is my journey, my destination is somewhere, but I am living the journey and enjoying it.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. There's not much I can do about it, I totally crave chocolate in almost any form, and the darker the better. As you can imagine, this does not easily incorporate itself into a healthy lifestyle. However, I have a new favorite food that does the trick: brownies made with black beans. No, really. They have no flour and no sugar and they are really, really good. The recipe lives here: www.101cookbooks.com/archives/amazin
I made a few changes to the recipe, I replaced the chocolate pieces with cocoa powder, I grind up all the walnuts so there are no chunks, and I add sweet-n-low because Bill likes them sweeter, but use only half the agave nectar. I love them though. I made a small pan, cut them up, and froze pieces that we have been eating for snacks. I especially like that they have some protein and fiber and no bad carbs, although they have some calories still, so you want to limit the portion size. Yum!
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