Friday, August 12, 2011
Tonight I've been getting ready to leave early tomorrow morning for creative retreat! Some friends & I have been doing this for the past three years: we are given free use of a cabin (belonging to the brother of one of the group) just off Lake Superior, & we spend the weekend having contemplative devotions, praying & cooking for each other, doing a writing exercise, doing some kind of visual art together (this year it will be fabric collages), working on personal projects, walking along the lakefront . . . Really nurturing.
We'll be there tomorrow through Monday. I'll have no computer access, so I'm going to record my weigh-in tomorrow in the wee hours before I take off, & then everything else will be on hold till I get back. Starfish, I WILL have exercise minutes & breakfast points to contribute upon my return! In fact, I spent part of this evening making muffins that will be part of the breakfast I serve my friends Monday morning. Super healthy--it's this Sparkrecipe:
And the main dish will be this:
Have a great weekend, everyone! Be back soon!
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I am losing weight. These are the same pounds I have lost a few times before, but I refuse to get discouraged. People CAN lose weight & keep it off, & I'm going to be one of them.
That's an internal discourse for me these days, so I decided to make it public here. Nothing creative or novel about it--I just need to stick with the trajectory I'm on & enjoy the process. I'm down 17 pounds from my high about a year ago!
I'm editing a book whose author clearly thinks that long-term weight loss is not possible. I'm going to disprove that position, & I'm not going to become fixated on food & calories & fitness in the process. I can take good care of myself without becoming obsessed.
Something new that's related to eating, finances, & general well-being: it looks as if soon I'll have a housemate! Susie is losing her current housing situation because her apartment mate is getting married in October. She's job hunting & living on savings, so I would charge her only a token $$ rent--& she would pay me the rest in the form of housecleaning & organizing. I need help with this SO much! Susie is a soil scientist & is very interested in gardening & cooking & eating low on the food chain; there would be no conflict over my choice to eat mostly beans & lentils for protein. She asked kinda hesitantly about vermicomposting kitchen waste, which she has gotten into--& I told her that our building already does it! More generally, I think our tastes & interests are pretty compatible. She likes cats (my daughter's kitty lives with me). She's interested in other cultures. She's quiet & considerate. We go to the same church. Yeah, I think this is going to work--really well!
And I'm going to stick with the weight-loss journey, & I'm going to make it! Are you with me?
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, Friday (today), & Saturday of this week I'm away from home & also away from my office, teaching an intensive advanced-editing course at the U of Chicago's Graham School. Because of the 5% Challenge, I have successfully avoided several pitfalls:
1. the muffins, bagels, sweet rolls set out for our class's continental breakfast--I eat my usual nutty muesli at home in the morning, then add a banana & a half-cup of OJ from the breakfast bar
2. candy bars in the vending machine, though I was sorely tempted today
3. pizza & other high-cal options in the NBC cafeteria at lunchtime--yesterday I got good stuff at the salad bar, today (because that was pricey) I brought lunch from home
If I didn't have to weigh in tomorrow morning, I might have indulged in all these ways, telling myself that it's an OK exception because the class lasts just three days. This challenge is SO good for me!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Have you seen the Environmental Working Group's list of protein sources? It analyzes their carbon footprint. An Eating Well editor/nutritionist further analyzes these foods in relation to the amount of protein they deliver. Here's her short list of the 5 worst & 5 best:
And here's a (sort of) slideshow analyzing all 20 "meats & other protein" sources:
Dried lentils & beans & (organic hormone-free) milk are the very best!
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