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!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I am a biologist with a pretty strong biochemical background, so I tend to get technical about things related to diet/exercise. I also know way too much about how it all works. However, sometimes knowing these things can be useful.
Today, I had a crazy morning, Wii fit was being released, and I agreed to go to Best Buy in the morning to pick it up, which disrupted my normal morning schedule. I am slightly OCd (the d is small because I'm obsessive-compulsive, but it is not usually a disorder that I can't control), and getting off schedule causes me lots of anxiety. So, once the whole situation was taken care of and I was off to work, I was still really anxious and could feel it. When I'm anxious, I crave carbs. I'm sure I do this because a high carb load causes serotonin release, and lack of serotonin is what leads to OCd anxiety.
So, I'm driving to work thinking, "I really want some cookies. Well, I don't really want cookies, I want to stop feeling anxious, and I know that cookies will cause serotonin release which will make me feel better. Wow, I understand my craving. I still want cookies."
Since then, I've been trying to do other things to increase my serotonin levels other than eat cookies. My anxiety has decreased, but not disappeared, and I still want cookies, but I'm not eating them. I'm writing this instead and eating pumpkin seeds. I've also decided to look for other non-food, natural ways to increase serotonin. It may not be solving the problem, but at least I'm distracted.
Anyway, my take-home message today: always try and figure out the reasoning behind things. Even if you can't solve it, at least you'll feel better understanding how it all works.
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