The key to taking back your health is in the small things. It's doesn't happen in big leaps, but in the everyday choices you make. It's not lack of motivation but inconsistency that keep you from achieving any goal. Do the grunt work. The day-in, day-out, boring stuff. Success is in being present in the moment, content with what you accomplished, but not satisfied.
Another day of tracking complete.
walking for 30 minutes
yoga for 23 minutes
Went over calories by 200 calories. That's okay. Only working on tracking and becoming aware of what/how I eat.
Spent the afternoon cooking dinners for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. That only happens once in a blue moon, so I feel very accomplished. Hubby even said my pinto beans turned out good. I have a 'kitchen-sink' philosophy to cooking, and most of the time it doesn't work out. This time I hit a bullseye. I'm writing this down (which I usually don't) so I don't forget it:
Green Chili Pinto Beans
1 lb. dried pinto beans
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 cups chicken broth
bean liquid from cooked beans
1/2 cup green chili enchilada sauce
2 oz. canned chopped green chills
1/3 of a smoked pork jowl, cut in quarters
Wash and sort dried beans. Put in heavy pot with salted water (enough to cover beans) and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool for 1 hour. Rinse in colander, then fill pot with water again, add beans, and cook at a slow boil for 45 minutes. Rinse beans again (the rinsing helps keep the gas beans produce to a minimum), making sure to save about a cup of the bean liquid. Put beans and liquid into a crockpot. Add onion, garlic, broth, enchilada sauce, green chills, and smoked jowl pieces and cook on high for about 2 hours. Remove jowl quarters and let cool. Continue cooking beans in crockpot on high another hour. When jowl pieces are cool, cut off any pieces of meat into bite-size pieces and add back into the crockpot. After an hour, cook beans on low until they reach desired softness. (Beans will be rather soupy, so either drain some of the liquid, or make cornbread to absorb said liquid). Yum!
My energy and mood were good today. My pain levels were minimal. Overall, I'm content. But not satisfied. Tomorrow is another step on the path.