Thursday, August 23, 2012
I love zucchini! I picked up some fresh zucchini from a farm stand because it seemed like the *right* thing to do. I like most vegetables, but I had never prepare fresh zucchini before. I like it well enough as part of a frozen vegetable mix, but I didn't expect to enjoy it this much. Now I have fixed it roasted with some "Mrs. Dash" and a touch of Parmesan cheese! Yummy!! and I have simmered some with fresh tomatoes - also a treat!
Now if only I can find myself a fruit to get this excited about. . .
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Today's Comic Strip:
[Snoopy's thoughts in case you can't read them: frame 1 "That little bug lives in a world all his own. . ." frame 2 "He doesn't know anything about atmospheric testing, strikes, farm problems, medical care, education or income tax. . ." frame 3 "All he has to worry about is eating and getting stepped on." frame 4 "That's the secret . . . reduce your worries to a minimum."]
Today I am finding it easy to follow this particular secret. . . my little world is pretty peaceful today. Of course, I am aware that there is a bigger world out there, with problems galore, but today that doesn't affect my peace. Many people that I know have a much more difficult life than I do, particularly in my family! Some days I can borrow worries from all around me. What does this accomplish? It raises my blood pressure and does nothing to alleviate the suffering of the friends and family that I love but feel powerless to help.
In my life I know that my attitude makes all the difference! There are many situations that I can not change, or experiences that I must endure. I am less stressed when I go into whatever it is with a positive attitude and a willingness to do my part and give my all. . . and with full awareness of the LIMITS that I WILL NOT CROSS!
[frame 1 - Charlie Brown: "Look Sally, you're going to have to go to school so you might as well get used to the idea!" frame 2 - Sally: "I guess you're right . . . I'll just have to make the best of it . . " frame 3 - Sally: "I'll go to kindergarten, and I'll study and I'll play all their games, and I'll try to get along with everyone. . ." frame 4 - Sally: "BUT I WON'T LEARN LATIN!!"]
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Today started with a small victory - I hit the snooze button but still managed to get myself out of bed before the alarm went off the second time. I have gotten into the bad habit of hitting the snooze 2-3 times, so this was definitely a noteworthy accomplishment for me today.
For a week now, I have been down to 2 cups of coffee-- also a victory in my book : )
Another positive - in the midst of a wild day, where no part of my day was as usually scheduled, I met my fitness minutes goal and I managed to stay within my total calorie goals for today. Unfortunately the distribution of calories was way to heavy on the fats, so I will do better with that tomorrow.
And I am fully prepared to meet my goal of getting to bed on time, so this is Good Night!!
Monday, August 20, 2012
After a good three weeks of staying within my calorie goals, I have gone over three times in the last week. A few days ago it was an over-abundance of yummy foods within arm's reach that tempted me beyond my powers to resist. That day was altogether good but exhausting , so I willingly allowed myself to splurge, knowing that I had been doing well and that I could start fresh again the next day. The unfortunate, though not unusual I suppose, side-effect of my splurging is that my food cravings have kicked back into high gear. For a couple of days I was able to fight the cravings pretty valiantly, but yesterday I was tired and served myself my "old" portion sizes - way overboard! - without really thinking about what I was doing. My stomach is still able to fit all that food comfortably, so I didn't even really notice how poorly I had done until I did my afternoon/evening nutrition tracking at the end of the day. I was actually rather surprised when I thought back to my meal/snack portions and realized how large they were, and how unaware I was of it! But it was the end of the day and I was tired, so instead of taking the time and mental energy to think about my behavior and my motivations, I just went to bed!
Today I woke up in a terrible mood - didn't even want to get out of bed! Weighed myself this morning and I was a pound heavier than the week before. Discouraged, annoyed with myself, and voraciously hungry (for comfort I think) I supplemented my planned healthy snacks with the junk food that is always available in the breakroom.
What is my strategy for tomorrow? I need to focus myself on something good! I may not like the fact that i gained a pound this week, but obviously I put the food in my mouth, and thought that I was deriving some pleasure from it at the time. I am tempted to be upset with myself over this, but that will not gain me anything (except more pounds if I stay in this cycle!) so I need to let it go. It is in the past, and I can move forward.
I want to be healthy and live well. I am willing to put in the effort to make this happen. I have seen some of the fruits of my efforts in my ability to manage hills and stairs much better than I was a month ago. I know that I feel better when I am active and eat well. A pound gained can be lost again, and it will be!
Tomorrow is a new day, and I will treat it as such, I leave the disappointments of today behind. I have every intention of meeting my nutrition and fitness goals tomorrow. And I have the expectation that I will be satisfied with my day when it is over!
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