Monday, February 17, 2014
I've skipped day 21 for the time being.... it's about exercising an extra 200 calories, and I'm just beginning today back to exercising after three days of coughing. Yesterday was the worst, but was a turning point. I can tell today I'm on the mend, and intend to exercise just a little to get started back into the exercise habit.
This is the link for Day 22, about eating so you feel satiated, but not by being heavy on the calories. I did that for this morning's breakfast, and important meal. I ate almost nothing yesterday; everything going past my throat would start me coughing again, and I was taking so many natural remedies that I didn't want anything to eat. This morning's breakfast was granola with stewed apples and nonfat milk. The granola is calorie-expensive, at 670 calories per cup. It follows the "rules" in the article by being very high in fiber. I only have 1/2 cup, though. The apples were too soft for me to eat raw, but they're fine stewed in a little butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. The combination of apples, cinnamon and granola is a delicious breakfast and the oat fiber makes it long lasting. After eating this, I don't get hungry for quite a while.
Today's lunch will be from Pho 76, a local vietnamese soup place, and is ideal for not only being low in calories, but feeling really good when I have a cold. It also fits the article listed above. It has a delicious broth, no fat on the meat, and includes ming sprouts, Thai basil, fresh cilantro, and a hot pepper. The only negative ingredient is rice noodles. They are amazingly stiff and starchy till they enter the hot broth, where they become immediately soft and pliable. They are NOT a whole grain product, but do help me feel more satiated when I eat them, even half the normal portion.
I plan on having a smoothie for supper, or may look up another soup recipe for the Vitamix blender. I've tried one soup with it, and it was wonderful. It's a one-container meal, as you add things to the blender and blend long enough for the process to heat the mixture. It's piping hot, and a great way to fix a quick, fresh ingredient meal.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
You may have noticed there's a gap in my Winter Wellness Challenge. I didn't write it about it but one time while we were in Missouri. I'm picking up the gauntlet today and finishing out the month. I've liked this challenge and like the reminders of all the aspects of losing weight, or should I say.... having a happy, well-balanced life. This wasn't using the challenge the way it was intended, but it'll still work for me.
Day 20 - Smile
I still remember figuring out that if I gave my husband a "full-faced" smile, it made him happy. Sometimes we're so used to our family members we don't really give them our full attention, face turned completely in their direction, totally absorbed in whatever the conversation is. At least, that's the way my task-oriented family is. My husband especially is a totally task oriented person, and doesn't really know how to fully interact with someone, without having some task to accomplish. So... I assumed he didn't care about me showing affection to him, either... just to do my job! However, when I started looking directly at him and shining a big smile his way, he liked it! You could say we'd started taking each other for granted, and I changed the playing field just by acting like we were still dating. That happened a long time ago, when our kids were still home and both of us were very busy with our various "tasks" that go with taking care of a growing family.
The second AHA moment was in relationship to my chorus. I belong to a competitive, hard working a cappella chorus that has 5 gold medals and a stellar director that travels all over the world coaching other choruses. When I joined, I was very intimidated by this chorus and I'm sure my face showed it. Despite success in two other choruses, I was NOT successful in this one and was sure I didn't belong, even though I'd passed their demanding audition. Then I noticed that most other members of the chorus greeted me (and everyone) with a big smile. AHA! I started doing the same... maybe not to the women I was still intimidated by, but the newer members who I knew were feeling much the same as I did. I immediately started feeling more at home and had a lot of positive reactions with my more confident demeanor.
But.... the point of the exercise is that smiling will turn your mood around. Just forcing yourself to smile as genuinely as you can at other people (bad mood or not) will change your own attitude. Walking with a perky step, shoulders back and core engaged, will not only gain you more respect from people observing you, but will actually change your own mood. That old song that went something like this: "Whenever I feel afraid, I whistle a happy tune" .... works!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
We've been loving watching the birds in our new house (haven't moved in permanently yet).
Yesterday this gorgeous woodpecker flew in. We have, so far, three species of woodpeckers coming into the feeder. This is by far the biggest. I've done a little research, and I think it's a pileated woodpecker. I first thought this might be the inspiration for Woody Woodpecker, but it turns out that was an acorn woodpecker (lives in California, of course!)
In contrast, here's the smallest woodpecker we've seen. They're all beautiful!! This one is after the suet just like the big guy is.
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