Friday, January 06, 2012
... I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.
Remember those "Daily Affirmations" with Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live?
Of course now, Stuart Smalley is a United States Senator from Minnesota. And people wonder about the wisdom of Minnesotans for electing Michelle Bachman? OK.
But I didn't sit down to write about politics.
I actually sat down to write about positive thinking.
"I could never do that. I'll never lose that weight. I'll never be able to fit into those size 8 jeans."
Well, if you keep thinking and talking like that, you likely won't!
You are entitled to your share of happiness. I see a lot about something called "body acceptance." I think that is a misused concept. Yes, you are an attractive person, you should refuse to beat yourself up, you should accept the fact that you will never have a Barbie doll or Hollywood movie star body. But you never have to accept a body that is killing you.
You deserve better!
I had a Santa Claus body, myself. I now accept that I will never be a Brad Pitt but I also know that Santa was slow death for me. Once I got that into my head, I knew I deserved good things. I was entitled to my share of happiness.
I remember that first meeting. I sat in the front row, arms folded across my chest, scowl on my face. The oh-so perky Jody was leading the meeting and asked in her oh-so perky voice, at 7:00 on a Saturday morning, who had something to celebrate? AN equally perky Sue spoke up: "I'm within 10 pounds of my goal weigh and I'm running my first 5k next weekend."
I scoffed. "Psh. Like that's ever gonna happen."
I looked at what i needed to lose. It seemed incredible! 80 pounds just to get to my "range?" I will never be able to do that. What's the use? This could take forever.
Three weeks later I paused for a week and I thought it was not working ... already I was giving up. I've tried before and wasn't able to do it. Why do I think it will be different this time?
Then a couple was at the meeting. He had lost 150 pounds, she 75 pounds. Between them they had lost what I weighed!
I decided then and there that I would be able to do it. I need to do this to have the kind of life I want. It doesn't matter how long it takes. In two years I can be thinner or still be carrying all this weight.
Even so, after I had lost that first 25 pounds, even though I felt better and was off blood pressure medicine, I couldn't see the loss. And neither could anyone else. I could just as well be eating like I used to for all the good it's doing. But when I would get on the scale, I would see the difference there. I met a woman at church who had lost 50 pounds and you could see it in her immediately. So I knew that if I just kept at it, I would begin to see it ... and I did.
Yes we all got a laugh from Stuart Smalley, but in a way, he was onto something. And now he's a US Senator!
Thursday, January 05, 2012
... That may be cause to celebrate. Or just get a little silly.
Here are some quote I find amusing.
Some I find meaning in. Some ... not so much, they just amuse me.
"High school -- a small world unto itself combining all the warmest elements of a federal work camp, with those of a third world poultry farm. It's a wonder I graduated without killing anyone." -- Dexter Morgan from the Showtime series "Dexter" (Show of hands ... Who disagrees with this statement? Yeah, I didn't think there would be many.)
The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. -- Anonymous (Such a little sound)
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner. -- Douglas Adams (Except at holidays)
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. -- Douglas Adams (There is so much truth in that because we so often try to solve our problems with food.)
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers (Lead, follow or get out of the way.)
"I often hear someone say I'm not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner." -Bart Yasso (They call us penguins. And that's OK.)
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” - Dr. Seuss (I'll do it my way. And if you don't like it you can take a flying leap.)
"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into 4 pieces with your bare hands, and then eat just one..." Judith Viorst (Some days I have that kind of strength. Some days ... not so much.)
Fear is that little dark room where negatives are developed. -- Michael Pritchard (I love the play on words here.)
"It's a dangerous business, going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to." -- JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (I never believed I could be doing the things I am doing.)
"Running is real and relatively simple - but it ain't easy." - Mark Will-Weber (It is hard work sometimes. And still we call it fun!)
”I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” - Thomas Jefferson (I don't like to wish good luck because luck is for the unprepared.)
"It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse." - Ann Trason (Keep that in mind whenever you are doing something hard.)
I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do. -- HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey (I think that may be something any one of us could say every day.)
I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you. -- HAL 9000 Computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey (Definitely could be me after the holiday season and NFL postseason is over)
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
For the family Christmas party, I made shepherd pie. Lamb stew topped with mashed potatoes. It was really well received. Even my sone likes it.
As part of my new healthy lifestyle, I became brave about food. I went out and tried something I was sure I hated: grits. I liked them and I started to experiment with them. Of course I made grits and shrimp. I also used them for red beans and grits, grits with meat sauces, even grits and bananas. Ok, some things worked, grits and bananas didn't.
I looked at shepherd pie and thought, "If I used grits instead of potatoes, how can I make this a distinctly American dish?"
I thought about catfish, Carolina (pork) barbeque, and other things. Carolina barbeque is still something to try. But what I hit on was, well, unique and it was based on some leftover dishes in my refrigerator.
I had some red kidney beans, canned tomatoes, fresh sliced mushrooms, and a little fresh baby spinach. Tossed them in a pot and spiced them up like a vegetarian chili, put them in some cast iron baking dishes, topped it with the grits and Monterey jack, popped it in the oven for about 10 minutes and I had something I had never imagined.
It was kind of a southwestern version of cottage pie using grits rather than potatoes. And I loved it!
Southwestern vegetarian Cottage pie:
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Animal crackers, and cocoa to drink.
That is the finest of suppers, I think;
when I'm grown up and can have what I please
I think I shall always insist upon these.
- Christopher Morley, author & journalist
Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 18:3
All our lives, we were anxious to grow up. We would lie to people about our age so people would think we were older than we were. We wanted to grow up and fast.
The cool thing about being a kid though was we could be as foolish as we wanted to be. We would go outside and play ... at least we did when I was a kid. After all we only had three channels on the TV and video games was a phrase that made no sense.
I remember the first movie I went. Mom took me and probably several of my siblings up to Bel Air to see Cinderella. To this day I love animation. This new computer stuff is getting too realistic. Give me high quality pen-and-ink any day. Two of the best movies I have ever seen are Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. WhenI was in Alaska, I loved movie nights when they would show a Disney animated feature.
That is part of the kid in me that just won't go away.
We need to hang on to some of the kid in us. It's OK to now and again have a corn dog. Actually I had my first one about five years ago. I also like jello and to like the bowl after a cake is made.
They are treats. Treats are good.
Sometimes we need to keep the kid around to make us curious about new stuff. I posted last night about eating some new and newish food and tasting them as if for the first time, like a kid.
And another way we must remain like a kid.
We should never lose the ability to play!
Playing is fun. It is good to get out in the sunshine and get silly. Climb in the monkey bars. Ride a bike (wear your helmet ... you really aren't kid). spend all day at the beach throwing a frisby and swimming. Go sledding when it snows!
Oh, and while you're at it, turn off the TV and take a kid along with you.
Monday, January 02, 2012
I tried something I haven't tried eating since I was a little kid.
Black-eyed peas and collard greens!
My dad liked them. He loved all kinds of greens. I would gag at the very thought of mustard greens, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, and almost all those leafy green veggies. Except spinach. I liked spinach.
There is a plant that grows wild. A weed really. Lambsquarters. Dad would pick it young and cook it up. It turns out that the seed is also edible. Lambsquarters is related to quinoa.
I may have to go out this spring and find me some lambs quarters.
Any way, back to black-eyed peas and collard greens, I thought they were vile, bitter. Later in life I learned that they were considered soul food. I had also heard that they were a traditional New Years meal ... for good luck.
Good luck? Soul Food? Who Knew?
I have tried so many unusual foods since I started my weight loss journy, I figured that it didn't kill me when I was a kid, it's not going to kill me now. I have tried grits, cream of wheat, tofu, and a number of other food stuff I once thought were horrible. Only, I suppose with a more mature palate, they were all actually pretty good.
I tried things I had never eaten before like Quinoa and found them good too.
What did I have to lose with black-eyed peas and collard greens? Nothing! If they were still vile, well, I have a garbage disposal and I'm not afraid to use it.
Kind of like Sam I Am's protaganist. "Say I *like* green eggs and ham. I do I like them Sam I Am."
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