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My Treasure Box and 2 recipes

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Hello everyone!

I'll start with my two latest recipes I'm crazy about: a new 'Indian' salad dressing and a low-fat chocolate mug cake.

'Indian' salad dressing
- 1 plain yogurt (125g)
- 1 teaspoon of curry powder
- 1 teaspoon of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
Just mix all the ingredients together and enjoy over a salad. I love it! However, a word of warning: I'm the only one in my family to like it. True, it's very flavourful!

As to the chocolate mug cake recipe, you can find it here:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
yspark/recipe_details.asp?
nutrition_id=68207161
I've made it for tea earlier on today and everybody wanted seconds!

Now on to the topic of my Treasure Box. After hours of listening to Renée Stephens' Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts, I've finally found out that indeed, she was right: I need to have fun everyday in my life in order not to turn to food for my downtime. How smart is that?

I've always thought that I didn't deserve to have fun or didn't see the point but I'm changing my mind. So I've drawn up a list of all the fun things I like to do and I'm putting some of them in a virtual Treasure Box on my computer to be able to use them as often as I can very easily (music, pictures, movies, meditations, workouts...).

Here they are:
- make a power pose (have you watched Amy Cuddy's talk on TED?)
- listen to music (I'm rediscovering my long-forgotten playlist)
- dance
- look out of the window
- say an affirmation (I quite like 'I'm my best friend' lately)
- stretch
- have a breath meditation (so short and so effective!)
- look at a beautiful picture
- read a haïku
- contemplate a cup of tea
- plan my menus
- plan my workouts
- try a new updo
- have a very hot shower
- polish my nails
- write
- scrub my whole body
- browse a paper
- read motivational quotes
- play cards
- juggle (I'm learning to juggle in ballet)
- skip rope
- learn Chinese
- sing
- take pictures
- prepare a dish
- draw a feather on my left thumb
- read my journal and smile at my progress
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- run
- kickbox
- zumba
- memorize a card deck
- complete a sudoku game
- watch a positive movie like Amelie Poulain or Bugsy Malone
- read a book
- listen to an audiobook
- read success stories
- have a nap
- invent stories
- try new clothes
- hug a tree
- walk
- contemplate Paris from a bus
- go to the library
- watch a fish in an aquarium
- look at the river Seine
- go to a park
- look at the sky
- spend some quality time with a cat
- tickle a kid
- hug a kid
- do my daughter's hair
- kiss my husband
- read a story to a kid
- dance with my daughter
- talk with my husband
- write to my best friend
- phone my parents
- see my Granny
- go to my ballet class
- invite friends over
- watch Friends with my husband
- sprint with my son
- cook with my daughter
- play a game with my kids
- go on a guided tour
- listen to a lecture
- go to a show
- dance in the swimming-pool
- have a Chinese massage
- go to a hammam
- have a scalp massage

I'm so happy my list is getting longer by the day because to start with, I was really stuck. Now I'm really enjoying the process. I try to pick several of these activities each day so as to feel good about myself. It's working and I'm happy! I've also realized that 'putting my oxygen mask on first' is indeed an excellent idea: I feel so much more available to anyone else, strangely enough...

I can also combine several fun activities (multi-tasking overachiever that I am!).
So this morning, while running in the Buttes Chaumont, I kind of meditated on the fact that I'm still not as relaxed as I wished I was around food. And I came up with a breathing meditation that goes like this:

'J'inspire, je suis en paix avec la nourriture;
J'expire, je délaisse mes habitudes dépassées.'

'Breathing in, I'm at peace with food;
Breathing out, I release my past habits.'

This was especially meaningful to me obviously as yesterday I encountered a packet of chocolate biscuits and HAD TO (!) have 6 or 7 just because they were there. But climbing up that steep hill, I kept repeating this meditation in my head and that helped me focus on what I wanted. And since it was very windy, I felt as if my past habits were flying away from me! And look how rewarded I was once I reached the summit (I'm going to post a video blog about it)!

Anyway, I'd like to know what your list is like - what do you have fun doing?

Have a lovely Sunday evening! I'm off to the Japanese restaurant with my family (my son has had a 20/20 mark so we're celebrating) and I'm not scared of overeating!

Thanks for reading,

Nan


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CLAIREINPARIS 2/10/2014 3:36PM

    Wonderful to read the story behind the waterfall!!!

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LE7_1234 2/9/2014 2:03PM

    What an amazing list!!!

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MANDELOVICH 2/9/2014 12:18PM

    Fantastic! Love your breath meditation and you sound great!!

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