Friday, September 30, 2011
I've been trying to focus on non weight things that give me motivation to move forward on this healthy path, especially when I am fighting the scale. And today I have been bombarded with the realization that my brain is really working better since I started on here!! I don't know if that sounds like a tangible thing to be able to measure, brain power? But wow, I am really thinking more, reading more, discussing things in greater detail, remembering everything, and following through on my daily tasks with feeling and meaning that just wasn't there a few months ago. I was discussing literature classics with two advanced placement high school students today, and I was following every book they were talking about. I mean, these are books I have only read once, and not since high school! (Metamorphosis, Ivan Illych, David Copperfield, Crime and Punishment, Tale of Two Cities, The Stranger, Lord of the Flies, 1984 and I'm sure there was a few more.) I remembered reading them, and remembered what they were about and really haven't discussed these books since testing on them back in the late 90's. I am really impressed with my ability for recall today, and not just today, recently. It's like my brain is ravenous, I just can't get enough of educational netflix movies, books, history, art, it's like all of the passions I once had and let fall to the wayside are really coming to life again. It almost feels like waking up from a coma!!! Anyway, that is my exciting new revelation for the day. Hope you are all having your own amazing realizations about just how awesome you are!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Today is Michaelmas, the celebration of Archangel Michael slaying the dragon (in Christain streams Lucifer). This is a HUGE celebration in Waldorf school, and I went to school to be a Waldorf teacher, thus celebrating this for a few years. Just thought I'd share this celebration day with you all. I am going to a harvest festival this weekend as part of the celebration. Hope you are all enjoying this lovely begining to fall.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
This was so tasty and so easy:
6 oz cooked shrimp
4 cups frozen mixed veggies (I used broccoli, cauliflower, snap pea, carrott mix)
2 tsp black pepper sauce
2 medium tomatoes
1/2 cup onion
2 tbsp soy sauce
Cook frozen veg in soy sauce until warmed through, add shrimp, cook until firm, add tomatoes and onion at the end, with the black pepper sauce. Serve over 1/4 cup brown rice. Makes two servings, right around 375 calories.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Spent yesterday with my baby sister, who happens to be just a few pounds away from my goal weight, which used to upset me a little bit, but now just gives me major motivation. We got a late start, so we didn't see as much of Golden Gate Park as I'd imagined we would, but we did see the Japanese Tea Garden, and it was really wonderful. We also walked Fisherman's Wharf, we guessed ateast two miles of walking. The weather couldn't have been more perfect, and although I got lost a few times, I managed to steer us right to where we needed to be, safely. I thought I'd share a few pics from the day. I do so love taking photos and it was a really beautiful day for that.
Nice pond and sculpture
I love the contrasting greeens and reds
I wanted to rub the belly, but I couldn't quite reach it!
Veiw from the tea garden
Bubba Gumps shrimp
Never watched a cruise ship float by while I was eating before!!
Carousel, so perdy!!!
Last moments on the bay, so peaceful, such a lovely day!!
I really enjoyed my time with my sister, and I managed to get some exercise in and I didn't go over my calories!! So nice that I don't feel like I have to "cheat" when I go out for the day. Hope you all have a lovely week!!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I just want to be me. I want it so bad. I want to be the me I see when I close my eyes. Living the life I want, I guess that is what we all want. I must admit, I'm a little confused about the whole weight loss mystery this week. Since the first month went so well, weight loss wise, I assumed it would all be that smooth and easy. I haven't lost anything this week. I have been exercising and staying within my calorie range everyday. I've been drinking my water, and everything as "by the book" as I can. I already know that this won't derail me, I am not turning around, or back, or any direction but forward. But it is still frustrating and of course I have to ask myself, what did I do wrong? What didn't I do? Did I eat enough? Too much? Exercise enough? Too much? It is quite a mystery to me. If it was a gauranteed 1-2 pound loss per week, I think I could justify all of the work I have been doing.........not that I really need to justify it, I love my new, active life. But I have to say, it is a little disheartening when the scale is the same. I guess we have all have those weeks. And the old Stephanie does peep her head in to let me know that I am not strong enough, I just don't have the willpower, I'm not going to succeed. But deep down I know I am. I know it. I have to learn patience and perseverance. I am a pretty strong willed person. And I know I will achieve my goals, I just see some blogs on here of people with so much success, so quickly. But I can't judge my path by anyone else's. Just one day at a time. I do know I am eating MUCH less, and much cleaner than I was before SP, and exercising MUCH more. And that is HUGE for me. Two things that have been so important to me for so long. I guess the weight is really a side issue at this point, I know it will come off in time, if it takes two years, fine, three, four, five, fine. It really doesn't matter. I keep thinking, if I could just run faster, or father, bike longer or harder, eat cleaner or less, I would see the results I want. But it isn't all about that. It's about health in all things, in all areas. I guess I am a tad more impatient that I realized I was, one of the many things I am learning about myself that I didn't see when I was immersed in the food fog. And everyday I am still growing and pushing. Yesterday I did yoga for the first time. So great, it felt amazing. So, one day, one step one breath at a time. This is my mantra. I have to write it, say it, so I can believe it and do it. Thanks to all of you wonderful community members out there who are on their path to a healthy life, you all inspire me so much. I think of you often before I take a bite of something I really don't want in my body, or when I push myself in my exercises to ride one more mile. I really feel like I have a whole cheering section behind me, helping me acheive each days goals. For this I am eternally greatful.
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