Thursday, December 27, 2012
I've shared this with friends, but I'm about to fix a cup for myself and thought I'd pass it around. My mother-in-law got this recipe out of GuidePosts a few years ago. I slimmed it down by using almond milk and sweetener.
1 c Silk Pure Almond Milk, 30 cal
1 T baker's cocoa
1 t vanilla (can also use peppermint or almond flavoring)
1 t instant coffee
Splenda or Stevia to taste
cinnamon & nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice)
Heat milk, add the rest, stir, and enjoy a 50 calorie treat.
Edit: I should add that baker's cocoa takes frequent stirring. I love it because it's not sweet, so you control the sweetness by what you add. And OOPS. It's Silk Pure Almond that's 30 cal. Almond Breeze is 40, still a good option.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Merry Christmas to me, after working hard to make it a Merry Christmas for friends and family yesterday. Husband was SO helpful, vacuuming up enough cat hair to make another cat from what our three leave about, doing fetch and carry jobs as in "hold this while I pour that" etc, and cleaning the kitchen floor after I finished..
Big I don't go back to work till Jan 7th, one of the wonderful things about working for the school system.
As for learning the hard way, I've been working full-time since October and have learned a lot of things that don't work for me. I've gained a few pounds back, had to move my bedtime to two hours earlier along with getting up two hours earlier, have been commuting a total of 70 miles on choir nights, have had to adjust to a very different schedule while keeping up with ordinary things like shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc, and have felt tired, depressed, and chronically short on time. I've barely kept up with minimal tracking, missed having time to chat with Sparkfriends, and been squeezing in fitness minutes on the run.
I could dwell on all that, kick myself for what I haven't done, and moan about gaining, not losing--or I can look at what I've learned.
1. I've learned that trying to do my exercise in the morning is not realistic for me. I know it can be done, but it's just not working for me.
2. Packing my lunch the night before makes my morning easier.
3. Taking my old 4 cup coffee pot to work means I'll have a hot cup to look forward to when I get there instead of rushing out the door with a cup that cools on the commute.
4. I'm learning what stores are on my route so I can stop for things on the way home instead of having to muster up energy to go out later.
5. I can't do everything, and here is where I've made a huge change.
For most of my working life, I've been a paid section leader in choirs. For the last year or so, I've been singing in a professional choir and have loved it enough to make the commute across Tampa Bay three times a week for two weeknight rehearsals and two Sunday services. I have learned that I can't handle two jobs. Last week, I resigned from the choir job; the Christmas Eve services were my last.
I am looking forward to leisurely Sunday mornings, more time to spend with husband, more time for things like simply sitting down and reading a book. Since I won't have to hurry home, I can stop and walk the trails at a park near my workplace, maybe join a gym. I'm going to try planning my exercise for after work instead of before. I've had three months of learning, and now I'm about to make a fresh start with a little more time. Merry Christmas to me. I CAN DO IT.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
It's after 9:00, time for bed. I spent much of today presenting an Advent retreat. I drank lots and lots of coffee. This evening I feel the peace that I spoke of....
I'd left my non-cooking husband with directions for one of my two favorite ultra-easy crockpot dinners. This one is pork loin, cut up in chunks, one bottle of French dressing, and a can of whole berry cranberry sauce. Mix; dump in pot, and some hours later, come home to delectable dinner. Husband says if he can do it, it's foolproof.
End of Fall 5% challenge. I did not meet my goal, actually gained a pound. Starting the challenge about the same time I started my new job was...well, to be honest, just too much. I need to reassess and find what works for me now. Working full time + commute + more commute in the other direction 3x a week for choir is draining. I've made one adjustment this week. As of January, I will be going to only one weeknight rehearsal, not two, but continuing to sing two Sunday services. The weeknights are the hardest. On rehearsal nights, I spend 2 to 2 1/2 hrs on the road. Cutting back on one rehearsal will help some. This is temporary till after Easter. Then I'll see what I want/need to do after that. Hopefully, this will make it do-able in the meanwhile.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
From David Fleming's contemporary version of The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola:
"Our only desire and one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to God's deepening life in me."
Monday, November 26, 2012
Welll, I am not within the day's calorie range, but made some reasonable choices.
Beef tips & tortellone - boxed up half for tomorrow's lunch
Decaf + half & half in lieu of dessert
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