Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I feel a bug to get myself more physically fit. (at least today I feel it).
I want to feel muscles.
I want to breathe deep and long while enduring a long hike.
I want to have flat parts.
I want to have strong parts.
I want to only put healthy, planned out foods into my mouth.
I want to chew.
I want to feel tired at the end of the day because I really put in a good day's work.
Today will be that day!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Caroline Rea (who used to host the Biggest Loser) is the ambassador to the new Pop Tarts Store.
Where's my Fresh Fruit Emporium? Or, Very Veggie Eats?
Have you noticed that there is never a Man v Food where Adam has to eat a 7 pound broccoli?! Or the world's largest Peach!
Americans are obsessed with processed, sugared, fatty, convenience food.
(truth be told, I crave those things too, especially when I let them back into my diet)
I'm ALL for everything in moderation. But I also know that eating even a little tends to set me on a binge-path.
The guy in the movie Super Size Me, confirms this. After eating McDonalds for 4 weeks straight, he admits that he had cravings for it, that he felt hungry after only a couple of hours after eating it, and the scary part was--he got sick the first few times he ate it! Then his body adapted quickly and even changed.
I know I'm not a total convert, but it is on my mind. I have been LOVING getting herbs from my garden and cooking up fresh produce.
I get a bit sad when I see something on a menu that looks healthy, but know that it won't be seasoned in anyway that is good for my low-sodium diet. It makes me want to go back in the kitchen and hand my Mrs. Dash over to the cook and throw away the salt shaker!
We need to keep fighting the GOOD FIGHT! We need to keep asking for things cooked in alternate ways. And we need to be cooking more at home, from scratch.
Unite Spark People! Let's change the World!
Monday, August 16, 2010
I planted a Chia herb garden this year. I planted it late. It was a gift I got TWO Christmases ago. But I did it! And it grew.
I was hesitant because I KILL everything! Unless it needs NO attention from me at all--it dies.
I can hardly believe I have cilantro, dill, basil and parsley.
I made chicken fajitas Friday and used the cilantro. OMG! FRESH cilantro is soooooo much more flavor-filled than store bought.
Then, Saturday, I got to pick up the produce for my friends at their CSA (Community something or another farm...). I got cherry tomatoes, corn, lettuce, potatoes, Asian eggplant, shallots, onion, and some sort of crazy pea pods.
I went to a cookout last night and made a brushetta salad with the tomatoes and my basil. I HATE fresh from the garden tomatoes--but I LOVED this salad! I actually ate FRESH tomatoes and LOVED them! (if you all felt a chill in the air, it was just hell freezing over a little). I also got to eat the corn. YUM!
I am getting a little spoiled here. I am going to be sad (gasp) when summer is over since I won't have all this yummy freshness anymore. (*I say gasp because this has been the nastiest, most disgustingly humid summer on record here in the mid-west, and have been cursing it repeatedly, until now).
I MUST get out to the the farmers market before they are all done!!!
Oh, and, does anybody have any ideas on how to prepare Asian eggplant? (I'll check the recipes on Spark in a minute, but if you have any ideas-throw them my way!).
Friday, August 13, 2010
I've been getting my butt out of bed almost everyday for weeks now to go walking. Two miles most days, sometime 3. This summer I have been referring to the outside as 'the swamp'.
It is soup. It is visual air. It is air you wear. It is exhausting.
I HATE summers like this!
Yet, I persevere.
Hot, humid is not an excuse. Not when you can get up at 5:30am and walk BEFORE the sun comes up.
It doesn't matter that I do not FEEL like it.
I do it!
Oh--The swamps of home!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
If I were a crayon I would be:
Today, right now, I would be Fluorescent PINK. Bright, cheery, bold, feminine, strong, fun, inviting.
Yep, that's how I feel this morning.
I am so attracted to fluorescent colors. I guess this means that I am attracted to myself. Good.
When I woke up this morning at 5:30 am, because I am crazy and that's when I go workout even though I could workout a little later, I was probably a bit more like the color: Burnt Sienna. (Brownish red). Sluggish, yet tapping into the fire within. I always argue with myself about not "feeling" like walking this morning. "'Feeling' like it has NOTHING to do with 'doing' it! Shut up and get out of bed!" (see the spark there?)
I'm sure I will go through many color transformations throughout the day. Hopefully I can ebb and flow from BRIGHT pink to soft pink (all warm, squishy, approachable, loving). I have kids to care for.
Tonight I have my first info meeting for nursing school. What color is scared?
Okay, I WILL NOT be scared! I will be bold, bright, strong. School is going to be great. I will find the funds to actually go there, and to support myself and my daughter. I will be better for going through all of this!!!
I will be POWER RED!
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