Monday, March 29, 2010
I'm not sure I have mentioned my love-hate relationship with the season called spring. I do love warm days and cool nights. Fire-pits and conversation. I hate mud. I hate allergies!
I just read an article about combating them with homeopathic methods. I may have to give it a go. I am so tired of being enslaved to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, general yuckiness.
The article says boosting the immune system is what is most needed. Using supplements, herbal remedies, and avoiding mucus producing foods (dairy). We have a great local store with very informed people. I will have to start there. I am just a bit worried about the dent this might make in my pocketbook.
Has anyone else tried homeopathy? Any good remedies that work. I have to go back to being consistent about nasal irrigation. (that was another suggestion). But I can not afford to buy HEPA filters/purifiers for my home. I will try adding rosemary to my food and eating more grapes, tomatoes, fish, nuts, oranges and apples. (also suggested).
In the meantime, I will enjoy the sun and I will do so through sneezes and watery eyes.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I made Naan, curried cauliflower, and Basmati rice. I messed up the Naan--I miss read the measuring of the liquids and poured more into the flour than the recipe called for. I realized my error, but it was too late, I couldn't make a new batch because I didn't have anymore plain yogurt. I added more flour and just decided to see what happened. The dough raised (rose?, rised?), and I cooked it. It came out pretty good. I really liked the curried cauliflower. It was mildly spiced (cumin, turmeric, coriander, dry mustard, chili powder) and had lite coconut milk in the sauce. At the end you add lemon and lime juice. I also added some cilantro. I am so surprised at how much I liked it. I also had a store bought Saag Paneer (spinach and cheese) which was also tasty. I need to find a recipe for saag...
All in all, I am so proud that I didn't give up on the Naan. And that I tried something new. I feel invigorated. Now I gotta go "be active". (I just finished an article that said people who approach their day as a "be more active day" burn more calories than people who say "they exercise". It is a better way of looking at it, don't you think?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This past week I have been challenged to build courage into others. And/or encourage them.
So far so good.
I mean really good.
It is a wonderful feeling to give to others. Even if it's just kind words.
It's funny though. The two people I love most in the World are the two people I have really struggled to find kind words for this week. My daughter and my boyfriend.
I love them. But they are also the people that drive me the most crazy!
I find it much harder to cast aside all my feelings of annoyance to just come up with some encouragement.
I'll figure it out.
It really does feel good to make someone's day!
By the way--You are fabulous! You rock my World. Thank you for reading my sometimes very boring blogs. Thank you for supporting me through this very blah phase in my journey. Thanks for giving me things to rejoice about.
I totally appreciate my Spark friends. Have a smiley day!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This past few months have been the "desert-land" of my journey.
Little to no weight loss.
Slow down of my actions.
It feels like I am in a war. Sometimes I win some battles. Sometimes I lose some.
Yet, I keep fighting.
Is battle supposed to be fun? All those guys in the movies sure do make it look that way.
Big adrenaline rush. Fist pumping. Slaps on the back.
Until... they get hurt.
Pain sure can suck the life out of you. Be it physical or emotional.
Yet, we fight on.
We know the final outcome is worth it. We can taste it. We get glimmers of it when we show a loss on the scale or with the tape measure. We can see it in the clothes we wear. We feel it with the extra mile we go, the new numbers of push-ups, the realization of breathing after climbing the stairs. The comments of a job well done from family, friends, co-workers.
Sweet victory will be ours.
Get up. Fight.
Friday, March 19, 2010
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???????
I know all the right reasons for doing this.
I know all the wrong reasons for doing this.
I thought I knew what I really wanted.
I do love feeling stronger.
I do love seeing smaller numbers on the scale.
I loved it yesterday when someone told me I had to buy new pants 'cause it looked like I was wearing someone else's and they are waaaaaaay to big!
But then, I did not track my eating. I did not do any "real" exercising. I did not measure or choose to eat only one helping of corned beef.
UGH! This is NOT a one day mess-up either. This has been going on since last Friday. I had derailed the train. I need to get it back on the track. But I don't seem to be able to muster the energy.
I know. I know. Baby steps. Drink my water (which, BTW, I have done at least that much). 10 minutes of strength. 10 minutes of cardio. Track the eats. I can do it!
So why don't I?
I do not really want to focus on the don't/not's. I seem to get waaaay off track that way. But it does seem to be the key factor in my getting off track and staying off track. I have a hard, hard, hard, hard, time congratulating myself. Staying focused on the positives, for myself. Rewarding myself. Somehow I can point all this out to others, but never really receive it for me.
I don't believe I deserve it. Deep down. I always remember the stuff I didn't get right. Yikes! I feel like I have been punched in the stomach. I don't unconditionally love myself!
So how do I change this? This feels so deep down inside myself. Life long conditional love. Seriously, how do I make that stop?
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