Saturday, June 25, 2011
This week our Living the Good Life challenge in the 5% Challenge teams is to refrain from adding salt at the table at each meal. It's a good challenge, as so many foods are prepared with large amounts of salt already, & so many people in our society & our time have high blood pressure.
However, it happens that I have rather LOW blood pressure. Most of the time that's great. Occasionally when I'm exercising in the heat, though, I get faint & dizzy because of low electrolytes, & eating something salty makes me feel better immediately.
I don't keep salty snacks in the house, & I go out to eat only rarely. I cook with salt but am careful not to overdo it, & I eat lots of potassium-rich foods to balance my moderate sodium. This week I've been eating up some cauliflower left over from a potluck; it was cooked by a church friend, & she added NO salt. I do sprinkle a little table salt & lemon pepper on it before I eat it--much more palatable that way.
So Starfish friends, forgive me if I don't earn maximum LTGL points this week. I'm one of the few people who need to keep sodium levels more or less where they are now. I think I'll be fine without table salt for two meals most days, but I'm going to keep using it on that cauliflower.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Black Bean, Mushroom, & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers!!! You MUST try it!
I just fixed it tonight & found it SO delicious. Completely vegan, very good fiber, solid protein. You do use three different pans, which makes it seem a little complicated, but really it's quite simple. (BEATLETOT, is this the recipe you make?) Not only does it taste good, but the textures make it very mouth-satisfying.
Lately I have been reminded again & again that losing weight doesn't require eating tasteless, dry food. We can improve our fitness & slim down while INCREASING our pleasure in eating. Isn't that wonderful?
It does require thinking more about food, what combines well, nutritional content, what's seasonal, which foods should be bought organic because of pesticide loads, what tastes good, what's affordable . . . And it requires cooking from scratch, which has its own intense pleasures! Yay for home-cooked food!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Yesterday being Pentecost, we were asked to wear red to church (that's the liturgical color for the day). The weather was cool & springy, so I wore a red turtleneck, a casual black jacket, & a red-gold-black print skirt over black tights. The skirt is short, above the knees, though not as short as a mini per our definition in the late 1960s (just to the fingertips). While putting it on I wondered whether at my age I should wear it--I'll be turning 57 in a few weeks.
I don't have super-strict clothes rules related to age, but I like to steer away from clothes that would make me look as if I'm denying my age & worshiping youthfulness. I also steer away from stodginess, though. I decided this skirt didn't fall into either extreme.
After the service one of my friends (a woman who is maybe 15 years younger) called out a compliment on my legs! She said I should show them more often. She herself always wears very loose clothes that aren't a bit revealing, so it wasn't a case of "you look good because you look like me." That felt good!
Most of my clothes, even the size 10s, are fitting me better this year than last year. But summer clothes, especially sleeveless ones, remind me that I do need to get all the way to my goal weight. It's nice to have encouragement along the way!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
It was HOT in Chicago today--went up to 95 F! I did extra exercise this a.m. to make up somewhat for missing the two previous days. Felt so good to get really sweaty & tired.
It was a work-from-home day because I have a regular therapy appointment every Wed. afternoon, & it's much closer to home than to my workplace. I made some good progress on my current editing project before & after the appointment.
Therapy was helpful & encouraging--toward the end we discussed my debt & how discouraged I am about it. (I recently had to pay my lawyer a retainer that was reduced but still came to nearly the amount I had managed to pay off on credit cards in the past year! It went onto a card because I have no savings--they were depleted during my years of living with a deadbeat.) My therapist was very reassuring. She's right--I just need to make a plan & stick to it. It will probably involve being stricter with myself about discretionary spending. I'm already pretty frugal, but I'll have to become more so for a time.
Afterward I headed for the greenhouse & spent some discretionary $$! I really needed herbs & flowers for the back porch, plus replacements for a few houseplants that had bitten the dust. Taking care of plants is part of my self-care that I had been mostly neglecting. Basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, dill, lemon verbena, lavender, sage, mint . . . mmmmm . . .
Later, back home, after getting more work done I made yogurt, which I had also neglected lately, & ate some supper, after which I tracked & discovered that I was still under 1200 calories, yay! I decided to complete my requirements by snacking on a slice of w/w bread with 1 T. natural peanut butter + banana slices. So yummy & satisfied my sweet tooth without added sugar.
(Day by day this week I have been avoiding sugary foods. I do still eat sweetened cereal in the mornings, but otherwise when I get the urge I keep telling myself, "Just today I can make it without sugar." I'm not committing myself to a long-term sugar-free plan, because my emotions really rebel at the sense of deprivation--but one day at a time I can cut way back.)
I went to pick up my share of the CSA box (I'm splitting three ways with a couple of guys from church). Strawberries, lettuce, mint, chard, yum! And arugula . . . not so yum (bitter!). I found a Sparkrecipe that I'll probably try this weekend to make good use of it, though.
I spent the evening out on the porch arranging the herbs & flowers/greenery in boxes & pots. It's such a meditative physical activity, really good for my soul. And I finally took the time to figure out how to use "worm juice" (liquid produced by our building's vermicomposting)--it's a great fertilizer once you water it down, 1 part juice to 20 parts water. My plants should be very happy with it. The porch is now looking bright & inviting.
Finally, I did a much-needed cleaning of the greenhouse window in my kitchen before setting new & old houseplants on its shelves.
I definitely got in some strength training today with the carrying/lifting of plants & soil bags. So tomorrow will be a rest day. There is lightning/thunder outside & our temps are supposed to drop 30 degrees tonight! I'm glad we're reverting to spring weather for a while; winter was SO longgggg this year, & spring was practically nonexistent.
It's a good day when I have a chance to talk through some problems, achieve some good intellectual work, & also do some physical work--not just exercising but working with food & gardening. So satisfying!
Get An Email Alert Each Time RUTHXG Posts