It's Thursday! I've always liked Thursdays...they seem to be extra productive days for me. Weird but true.
I'm thinking of all the healthier choices I've been making lately and I must say I'm darn proud of me~self for the effort. I feel lighter, I feel more in control and I feel a little more of that blessed energy is starting to flow back into my veins!
My crock pot has been getting quite the work out this last week. I made a fantastic lentil, butternut soup day before yesterday and have plenty left over to freeze. I'm trying my best to build up a freezer stock of items that can be defrosted and on the ready for quick healthy meals at night after a long day at work. It's working...this new plan...I'm on the RIGHT track!
Yesterday I made a chuck roast stew in the crock pot and although I cut TONS of fat off the meat before I put it into the pot..it still tasted greasy to me. I think I'm losing my affinity for red meat which can only be a GOOD thing. Today I'll scrape off all the fat that raises to the surface on the left overs and remind myself that that fat is now inside my body from the meal last night. Ughhh brings a visual of that nasty artery clogging fat up close and personal doesn't it?
It won't be hard to cut back on red meats since the super market pricing is helping us right along...the price of meat has sky rocketed here in SW FL.
I'm thrilled that I haven't had a drop...nope..not ONE DROP of coffee since my little health brush wake up call on 3/1. This is absolutely AMAZING to me. I loved my coffee...you remember about all the LOVE
blogs I wrote about Don Pablo coffee.
BUT...because I loved that coffee SO much I was drinking WAY more of it than I should! Two healthy sized cups first thing in the a.m. while sparking..then my travel cup full and sipped on throughout the day at work. TOO much...I didn't realize that it was making me edgy and tense and a little crabby. I didn't know because I had no point of reference comparing my demeanor to a caffeine free self. I always thought that I had no reaction to coffee whatsoever. It took kicking it to the curb 'cold turkey' to get that realization. I did...and it wasn't such a good thing.
Our seasonal biz is winding down as Easter approaches. It won't be long until Florida rolls up it's streets and becomes a ghost town. I always hate to see season end. Especially now that we are preparing most of our meals here at home and aren't forced to wait out the long lines at restaurants. That used to be my only celebration for when the snow birds flew back home.
Now...we will settle in for the summer. DH and I have promised ourselves that this year we will close down the gallery for the entire month of August (our VERY slowest month) and take ourselves somewhere FUN! It may be playing tourist out at a little bungalow in Captiva Island, it may be flying to Panama to see our friends and the new eco lodge they are developing there. It may be our beloved mountains in N. Carolina...but it will be doing something! You can only be a worker bee for so long and then even THEY need a little 'put your feetsies up and have fun' time!
I do know that I will be healthier and will weigh less and therefore will have more energy to explore and hike and swim and travel. That's thanks to my challenge teams, my sparkling friends, and this wonderful world that lights a spark to my fire each and EVERY day!
Stay sparky my friends...it's all in the journey...indeed it's in the journey!