Sunday, April 06, 2008
I am feeling kind of blah today. Maybe it's time to go outside & read a little bit. Lola just went out, anyway. I don't know why, it's an absolutely gorgeous day (and I apologize to those of you with bad weather).
Anyway, I was checking email and posts and such, really just trying to waste some time. I was going to go out to dinner tonight, but then I found out the newest sushi restaurant, which wasn't where I was intending to go, has happy hours during the week. Plan changed; I'll do sushi tomorrow.
So, I was feeling tired. Slight headache (yes, I've drunk plenty of water already, almost all 8 glasses). Lonely. Sweet cravings were beginning to whisper in my ear. I don't want to cook dinner tonight!
And then I did a search -- I'm not even sure what I was searching on -- and ending up reading about greens smoothies. I've read about them before, but I decided to give it a try. Basically, you just add greens to your regular fruit smoothie.
Here was my concotion:
1 c soymilk
1/2 c unsweetened apple juice
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 c strawberries
1 c spinach
Keep in mind I hadn't eaten any fruit yet today, and only two servings of veggies (normally I've got a lot more in than that before dinner.
It wasn't bad. You can't taste the spinach, altho it doesn't taste quite like my regular fruit smoothie. And you do have to get past the color, which, sad to say, isn't really all that enticing. Also, I have a Vitamix, which is a very powerful blender. I think that definitely helps. I do love my Vitamix.
I still have my headache, but I do feel better that I made a healthy choice. Wish I could say it gave me a bit more get-up-and-go, but not yet anyway. I will definitely keep experimenting with them.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
This is a quote that I pasted into my visual collage, which I keep in my journal. So after I journal each day, I look through my visual collage.
One thing I've seen a lot, in myself and others, is trying for a weight that we look great at . . . but can't possibly maintain. I am speaking with the wisdom of about 20 or so years spent "dieting", being a former Weight Watchers leader, and just learning & reading about weight loss what seems like all the time.
So yeah, I did it too. I am very short, 5'1", so I ought to be pretty light, too (I will never be skinny). In fact, I was almost skinny when I got to my goal weight the first time with Weight Watchers. For all of about 5 minutes. Sort of like Oprah and her Optifast diet.
Yes, I looked good. Clothes were even hard to find -- I generally wore a size 4, sometimes even a size 2 or 0.
But I had to nearly starve myself to get to that weight. Not literally; I was never bulimic or anorexic, thank God. But I couldn't eat the way I wanted to eat. And yes, I gained weight. I had to learn to accept that my happy weight isn't that thin, no matter what the height/weight tables say. I have had to learn to accept the fact that I'll never be a size 4 again, even if that's what I "ought" to be. Of course, right now, I'd just be happy to get out of the double digits, but that will take a while. A long while.
So as you're nearing your goal weight, or at it (and no, I am nowhere near mine at the moment), I want you to really think about what your happy weight is. Not the size pants you want to wear (because we all know sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, anyway). Not the weight you weighed in high school or college or when you got married. Not the weight someone or thing says you should be.
What was the weight that you could happily maintain? That allowed you to have a social life, but still be healthy? That didn't make you obssess over every morsel or exercise like a maniac because you'd been "bad"?
That's your happy weight. Make that your goal. And if you manage to lose a little more and keep it off, it's the cherry on top. But if you don't, just let it go. Life is too short to worry that much about a number.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
I think it was on my 1 Day Challenge team that today's challenge was to enjoy a sport. And that was a toughie for me. I'm really just not into sports at all. Of course, you do what appeals to you, and I don't have to do it -- but I thought about it, and finally came up with a sport -- agility (for the dogs). I have to run around while I'm getting them over obstacles. Today is gorgeous, and we haven't practiced in forever.
You can see the dogs doing agility practice in my blog :
I took the dogs to the farmers' market this morning. They love it. Lola, who tends to be reactive around other dogs, never even notices them because she's too busy trying to make sure the ground is crumb-free.
I got spinach, baby lettuce mix, macaroons (no sugar; they use agave); and these this site that makes awesome gluten-free sandwiches. I got a veggie muffelatta and a chicken hatch queso -- plus, yes, a gluten free brownie. A girl's got to have a little fun.
Then I walked the dogs over to Petsmart, which is about 3/4 miles away, and then back. I'd also walked them around the block before leaving, to make sure they were "empty", so all in all, I got quite a bit of walking in -- over an hour, not counting the time meandering around the farmer's market.
Just about time to get that chicken hatch queso sandwich &head outside for lunch!
Friday, April 04, 2008
I voluteer at a friends' small cat rescue on Thursdays. And as I was driving up yesterday, I had an aha! moment.
My parents, neither of whom have been thin for many, many years, are very judgemental about other people's weight (my own included). They are always commenting on a celebrity who has gained weight, or even just someone on the street. Always talking about them negatively.
Now, I have read Tolle's "A New Earth,", front to back, but I am also rereading it and taking the classes -- but have fallen behind because of life at the moment, so I'm still working on Chapter 3.
But suddenly I had an aha! moment. I think my parents are talking about other people's weight as a way to make themselves feel better that they aren't thinner and aren't trying harder.
And it's hard to get that voice out of my head, too. There was a lot of "you'd be pretty if you just lost the weight" when I was growing up. And there's lots of congratulations when I'm thin, and lots of silence when I'm heavy (like now).
Plus I find myself being very judgemental about people's weight sometimes. too. Not always of course, and usually with total strangers. I'm always looking at other people and comparing myself to them. Which is silly, I know, because thin isn't everything. Thin doesn't necessarily mean happy. I also know that when I get to my goal weight, all my problems don't magically disappear.
So it's something I continue to work on. And I was aware of this in myself beforehand, but didn't really think about where it came from and why my parents are that way. We're always learning and growing!
Thursday, April 03, 2008
One of the teams I'm planning to join had a challenge of sharing something beautiful. Ok, I don't think this qualifies as beautiful, but it is pretty. I took a photo of the dogs in our wild roses patch out back. They're weeds, really, but a weed is simply a flower out of place, after all.
This recipe was taken from Ellie Krieger's "The Foods You Crave", and just modified slightly (which is why I haven't submitted it as a recipe). But it was really good, so I thought I'd share!
1 lb salmon fillet
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
Pinch salt (or to taste)
1 tbsp oil
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Combine the sugar, chili powder, cumin, and salt & mix
3. Rub dry rub onto salmon (not the side with the skin)
4. Drizzle oil over the dry rub, and rub in if you want
5. Bake 25 minutes, or til done, depending on the thickness of your fillet
I'll be experimenting with this in coming weeks, seeing how little sugar I can get away with. It's only about 300 calories, even so; works out to about 1/2 tbsp per serving
I want to thank those who have recently sent sparkgoodies -- I'll be getting to you! I've been a bit behind lately.
But I'm beginning to feel more like myself, and my energy is coming back. I did joggin intervals while walking the dogs on their morning walk today, when just a few days ago just a 20 minute walk was a real effort.
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