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A Non-Scale Victory (NSV)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My kitchen sink was empty and clean this morning. I have eaten a healthy breakfast and put the dishes away and am cooking quinoa for lunch.. WHoo whoo That's a lot for me. It's not even 6:30 yet!!!!

I have been thinking about the problem of lunch. That is the meal that is my challenge. Why? Because I have to plan it and execute it so far ahead. The beginning of the week is easier because I will have leftovers from the cooking of the weekend. By Thursday they are gone and what do I do. Yesterday I turned to GASP MCDonalds SouthWestern salad with grilled chicken. Not a bad choice. But today I have to bring something. Can't order out today. That's why the quinoa is cooking. I'll bring that and something else I find in the fridge throwning something together. IT will be eatable and healthy but probably not too satisfying. That's what I need to work towards. SAtisfying. THings I can actually be excited about eating for lunch. To get pleasure from. That's what will support me on this path.

blueberry rice "pudding"

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

cooked brown rice
ff plain yogurt
1 spoonful of Zero
1/4-1/2 c blueberries ( frozen and nuked for less than 2 mins)

mix it all up and it is a mildly sweet cold rice pudding with piping hot berry sauce. YUM

and every bit healthy

Yesterday's Big Day:Aftershocks

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Weigh In was a smashing success; 380.5. And the day went well. Food in the the kitchens I passed did not tempt and my apple quinoa salad on baby spinach did not disappoint. IT was delish. After the end of the quinoa and pea pods for dinner I made my first visit to the gym I have just joined to use the pool. Ah to be in the water again. It was good. I swam a few laps until I felt the strain in my arms and then just bobbing around enjoying the water. Getting out again I could feel the weight that I carry settle down on me. How wonderful to escape that even for a short while. The aches I felt later while trying to sleep will not keep me from returning for the unbelievable lightness of being!

First WI Since Starting

Monday, January 14, 2013

Despite my self talk about this not being a diet I am facing the end of my first week of "healthy eating" with anxiety/anticipation about weighing myself this morning. So much so that I can't eat breakfast. The crazy voice in my head is screaming " what if eating breakfast negates any loss you have had." Now it's this crazy voice or rather voices that have wreaked havoc in my life. My efforts to add other messages seems so weak in comparison to their strength and certainty. The voice of doom has its hold on my body so that I not only am not hungry for breakfast but even thinking about it makes me feel slightly nauseous. That's where it gets hard. When I can't trust the cues of my body to identify the voice of reason. Doom is internal and reason is external. I believe that this journey will be more about the struggle between reason and doom than it is about food or clutter. Writing, being one of the tools of reason, seems particularly useful right now.

apple salad

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tonight I made Quinoa for the first time. I used half of it to make an apple salad.

About a cup, cup and 1/2 of quinoa (made 1 cup dry, rinsed first and used rice cooker, have same amount left over for something else)
1 apple cut up skin on
much of two stalks of celery
about a 1/4 cup of walnuts, dry toasted in a cast iron skillet
mix this all up

add a good squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of great olive oil, a little wine vinegar and salt and pepper.

mix mix and eat. I am not very hungry tonight so I have some left over for tomorrow's lunch but usually I would have finished it.

I would make this again. Easy and tasty.

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