Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I saw this on the blog of a friend - DAWNWATERWOMAN - and thought it is something that all of us could use - so come on - join me in signing the pledge!!
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to Stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!
I've changed a couple of items to fit me & my plan:
I also pledge to track my food & fitness.
To weigh and measure every bite.
To get the Sweets out of my mouth.
To drink PLAIN CLEAR WATER & lots of it!
To exercise at LEAST 10 minutes per day EVERY DAY!
If I do this, I will be stronger, healthier, and happier. By doing these things I will be a better example to my family and friends. This is the best gift I can give to myself and to others. Thank you Dawn, you are my inspiration every day!!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
We did a road trip this morning to locate the Grange Hall where we will hold a Baby Shower next Saturday for the soon to arrive new Grand Daughter, Ruby. She is due in January, but in the Laural Highlands, roads can get tricky early. Still saw some great fall color on the trees. I was afraid we had missed it all, but I was rewarded with nice color and blue skies. On the way home, we decided to take a more scenic route as the interstate was having long traffic jams due to construction, yes on Sunday.
We stopped at one of our favorite Big Lots and found a wealth of Bob's Red Mill Products. We had fun shopping for super healthy products that are harder to find at our local stores and we never see such variety. Then I walked through canned good and found lots of canned unsalted veggies, so I came home with lots of great tomato products, canned beans, some new basil, and hot chili sauce that I have been looking for locally to no avail. Most of the Bob's products will be double wrapped and go in the freezer. Great way to keep grains, beans, seeds, etc very fresh. I always freeze my ground flaxseed, so it does not get rancid. Also found Wasabi Edamame - a tasty tiny treat in my lunch.
We are cleaning in the kitchen so fixing food for the shower will be easy and efficient. Clearing counters, starting a crock pot of bean/vegetable soup, running the dishwasher, assembling non-perishable ingredients. My daughter and the grand daughters will be in on Friday, but a busy work week means do this now.
We had our first frost and it was a real one, looked like snow. But today is pleasant, sweatshirt weather. I still see plenty of green on the young trees around the garden, but our maples are bare, and the oaks have gone from red to brown. An October day to savor, this is a very good Sunday.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
On a different note, it is chilly, 42 degrees and raining, pulling lots of the just starting to turn leaves off the trees. The dogs are on the covered deck, enjoying the fresh air and all the KONGS and Nyla bones. I lit a new Scentsy warmer in the living room, it is a Jack-O-Lantern, with pumpkin and spice scent wax. I find the scents in the house lift my mood. Will have to consider turning on the heat. I protest every autumn, not just the growing bill, but it means I have to admit winter is coming. Just as it does every year. Time for weatherstripping and caulking, and rugs back down on bare floors. Though leaves are only just starting to turn on a few species, the smell of fall is in the air. Time for roasted veggies, soups and stews. The more I use the oven, the better it is in the house. Crockpot, here I come.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I was inspired by another Spark member to create a meal today to share with family and friends at a cost of less than $5.00 per serving. When I first read her blog, I thought that would be fun and maybe a little challenging. So I decided all my ingredients would be readily accessible at any normal grocery store, no exotic ingredients, healthy, tasty and menu items I would serve and be happy to share.
I thought about what we like to eat, what I fix when the children and grand children all visit and I came up with 5 menus that easily met the criteria. They included pizza, a chicken dish, a beef dish, and 2 bean dishes, with a whole grain serving and a dessert. My cheapest meal was about $1.40 per person (chili with brown rice) to the pizza at $3.40 per person. Today was the challenge day, and I wanted something different, so I started planning. The result is
Chicken Pepper Pot with Potatoes. My whole grain is Corn Meal Muffins, not my recipe but one found here on Spark People (Low cal/Low Fat Corn Meal Muffins) The total cost was about $1.50 per person and the recipe serves 4 generously. We divided the pot into 4 equal bowls just to see what it looked like before we ate. Now DH has a quick dinner for next week and I have one terrific meal for a lunch.
In these times when so many people are without jobs, are losing jobs and have reduced earnings, this is a meal that would feed a family well and healthy. I did not count the electric used for 20 minutes on the stove top and 20 minutes in the oven for the muffins. That is not a long cooking time, I used only one burner and one pan.
So many people say it costs too much to eat healthy, but it all depends on what you buy. If I had to eat out, that $1.50 would not go far. This week I was on the road at lunch time, and I bought a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole grain bun, with a thin slice of tomato, a single leaf of head lettuce, with a glass of unsweetened tea and a bag of fresh apple slices. It cost me $7.90. I was glad to have a healthy lunch, but $7.90 would have fed 4 adults 4 times or 16 total meals. This makes it difficult for me to justify eating out very often. I think I need to spend a lot more time cooking quick meals Thanks ASOBFALLS, for waking me up.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
In June of 2010 I had really given up. My clothes were all too tight, school had just ended and I was exhausted. I decided to just order the next size up in clothes. So when I found a great sale on pants that I love (twill like Dockers), I ordered 6 pair. Enough to get me through the week.
Then I went to classes for technology in the classroom around the state, choosing hotels with pools. I started swimming- just treading water in the deep end, for 2 hours every evening. I did this for several weeks, and along the way, I joined SparkPeople. I started reading and I joined a few groups. Not too many, so I could try to keep up. I was watching what I was eating and when I came home, I joined a Wellness Center with a pool. And I started swimming laps 6 days a week. At my next dr. visit, I had lost 26 pound. My DH said I had more energy, and I lost a total of 36 pounds.
But as the weather got colder, it was harder to make myself go swim after work, in the dark and get home in the dark, in the snow at nearly 9 pm. So I swam less, but kept tracking my meals, and while I did not gain, I did not loose. Spring in school is so busy, and I just did not make my self go back to swim.
When school was out, I did more state training, stayed in a hotel with a pool, and so got pack to swimming. So now I am swimming again, and I try for 6 days a week. It is so helpful for stress relief and for cardio. My school year is busier because my class size has almost doubled. But I am inspired. Friday I got Yoga DVDs for beginners, and did my first attempts last night. Attempts is the right word. But I can get better. The best part is none of those larger pants fit, none have even had the tags removed. I plan to cut them down to size, because none of the pants that were too snug in June of 2010 fit now. For a different reason, they are all too big. This is a happy way to start into Autumn.
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