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Keeping my Eyes on the Right Prize

Friday, April 17, 2009

It's usually easy for me to stay focused on healthy living rather than weight loss, but over the last couple of weeks the weight has been coming off so fast that I've come to enjoy, and even expect it, more than I ought. The last few days I've been "flat-lined" on the scale and found myself particularly disappointed this morning.

But then I realized that I am still eating well, exercising regularly, enjoying my developing lifestyle and the scale is simply one measurement--and not the most important one. So I went onto Spark People this morning and found a great article on our tenuous relationship to the scale and it really helped me turn my mindset around. I've come to see afresh that loving the Lord with all my heart is the key to life, that stewarding my body well is one act of obedience toward Him, that weight is but one measurement of how I'm doing with that, and again it's not the most important measurement.

Thanks, Lord, for your help this morning!

  
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46A39P 4/17/2009 8:13AM

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I have a love hate relationship with my scale!

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Thoughts on Herbs & Spices?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I've got high blood pressure and thus need to watch my sodium intake. Thus, I want to begin learning about the wide variety of herbs and spices out there so that I can still enjoy tasty foods without putting too much sodium in my system.

Any ideas for where I can find good info on them?

  
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46A39P 4/16/2009 10:31AM

    My favorite herbs to use on chicken is thyme or rosemary. I have a lot of spices I use for different dishes. Try growing an herb garden if you are into gardening. Nothing like fresh herbs, especially basil! Oh I love the fragrance of basil! CVS pharmacy runs sales on their spices; 88 cents each. So, I go their and load up. Also, try seeds. Sesame seeds for sesame chicken dish. Once I made home made bagels and made an "everything bagel" that had sesame, poppy, dried onion and it was great. If you make your own pasta sauce, I use oregano, italian spice, a garlic, parsley and basil pesto, fresh garlic. Roasted garlic tastes creamy and buttery and is good for us. What I did was go through my recipe books and made a list of all the common ingredients and picked them up.

I make a combination spice to season foods that include:

Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Paprika
Cayenne pepper

Some spices I keep on hand:

Tarragon (good for steak)
Cilantro (tex/mex foods)
Mace (for swedish meatballs)
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Cayenne pepper
Tri-colored pepper corns
Pepper corns
Oregano (italian and greek)
Oriental 5 spice
Adobo seasoning
Italian blend
Paprika
Dill (dressings and greek yogurt sauce)
Ginger (oriental dishes)
Nutmeg
Cloves
Poul
try seasoning
Chives
Rosemary (great with chicken)

I hope this list helps you.


I use adobo spice for rice and bean dishes, along with Cilantro. For chinese dishes, 5 spice oriental seasoning, low sodium soy sauce, ginger although fresh is best tasting.

I think you will find well seasoned foods don't need extra salt.

As a rule of thumb, if I add salt, I use Kosher salt as it has less sodium, also Mortons salt substitute.

Take Care,
Jean



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KELLEY961 4/16/2009 9:54AM

    Have you tried foodnetwork.com? Not sure everything they have on the site, I usually look for recipes.

Also, trial and error works too. Both my husband and I have high blood pressure (controlled by medication right now) and have discovered trying different spices together and separate is fun - and our daughter is learning different tastes aren't so bad. And NEVER try what they call the "low sodium" salt or anything like that. It tastes SALTIER than the real thing. A little salt is good for you, just watch how much you use.

As a boost - I'm close to getting off of my medication due to weight loss and we're working on getting the hubby off doing the same thing. Working together as a family works wonders!

Good luck!

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Great Day for a Long Ride

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm traveling to CA in mid-May and one thing I plan to do while there is take a long bike ride--110 miles in one day. So each week I do an endurance ride, among other things, to get my body and mind ready for the big day. Today I'm scheduled to do about 70 miles and it couldn't be a more perfect day! Clear sky, bright sun, light wind, already 38 degrees and slated to get up to 65.

Thanks for this gift, Lord--what a great day for a long ride!

  
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46A39P 4/15/2009 10:08AM

    Terrific!

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YES! I'm no Longer "Obese"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thanks be to God, I just recalculated my BMI for the first time in three weeks (when I started Spark People) and, having lost 10 lbs, I've eaked out of the "obese" category! A score of 30.0+ is over the line, 29.9- is under, and I'm at 29.7! Awfully close, but I'll take it!

  
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BUTTAFLYH 4/14/2009 10:33PM

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I've Got the "Have to do my Taxes" Blues

Monday, April 13, 2009

Today is normally my one day off per week, but this week I have to do my taxes--wah, wah, wah. Yeah, I'm a tax procrastinator, but I'll git 'er dun!

Well, at least I can look forward to an amazingly healthy breakfast burrito and some fresh fruit later this morning! Hopefully all this good eating over the last few weeks will help me have the energy and mental focus I need to find those (legal of course) loopholes.

  
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MARIE625 4/13/2009 9:16AM

    I got the tax blues too! I'm really stressing because this year, we've had some weird stuff go on and not only do I need to get the taxes done, I have to find somebody to do them for me! Obviously an extension will be involved, but I'm wondering if I can even find someone to do the extension at this late date. Sheesh! One of these days, I'll learn not to procrastinate. Probably about the same time I learn not to eat the entire Easter basket full of candy....

Good luck to you!

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