Saturday, October 01, 2011
My Michaelmas/Fall festival today was wonderful, quite a lot better than I'd expected. I have been hearing of this festival for the past few years, but have never been, until today. I was there 3.5 hours and didn't even see half of it! Many people were camping, and I see that would probably be a great way to go for next year. Great food, great music, fun contra dancing, lots of great kids activities, workshops, wonderful homemade goods, perfect weather good company...........yep, it was a great day. Plus, counting 3 hours at work before the festival, I was on my feet for nearly 7 hours today, that must account for some calories burned, and I stayed in my calories, while eating super yummmm/healthy goodies. (Butternut/goat cheese/carmelized onion pizza on organic soudough crust, oooowwweeeee!!!)
So many pumpkins!!!
Baby pomegranate, so pretty and small.
Pumpkins, and my sis
View on Full Belly Farm
Sweet cheeks (my niece) climbing the hay castle
She "drove" that tractor like it was her job!!!
Very fun day, never watched contra dancing before today, it was so neato!!! I will definitely try it next time I get a chance. Kind of like line dancing with an old European twist, very cool.
Hope your weekend is going well!!!
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!!
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