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So Far So Good

Friday, July 05, 2013

Yesterday evening was breezy and lovely, so I convinced my husband to take a walk with me -- my second walk for the day. After that, we enjoyed the fireworks display from our rooftop. It was a fun evening.

This morning, I was up and out walking early. As I walked, I listened to a new Janet Evanovich book on my Kindle. (She is perfect lightweight beach reading.) I enjoyed the story so much that I walked 90 minutes instead of my usual 60.

I will only listen to this book while I'm walking, so it can serve as a motivation to get up and out walking each morning.

For breakfast this a.m. I'm having lowfat cottage cheese melted on a toasted everything bagel.

We have friends coming to join us later today for an overnight visit.

I will roast a bunch of chicken thighs for dinner tonight with leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
We will also offer hamburgers and hot dogs.

I will make a fresh broccoli salad that is popular in summertime.
(I will blanch the broccoli first, and add more sunflower seeds and more dressing than is called for in the recipe.)

Original recipe makes 8 servings

4 cups fresh broccoli florets

1/4 cup red onion, finely diced

3 tablespoons raisins

2 tablespoons dry roasted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise

Combine the broccoli, onions, raisins, and sunflower seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, orange juice, and mayonnaise until blended.
Pour over the broccoli mixture and toss to coat.

Yesterday afternoon, while my husband was on the beach, I worked around the house, preparing for company. It was then that I realized how much EATING is a part of what happens here in the summer. First of all, there is FOOD everywhere. Fresh fruit is in the fruit bowl, nuts and chips and cookies are in the pantry, and the refrigerator is filled with tasty summer salads and yummy desserts. There are even big beautiful red ripe tomatoes sitting on the windowsill.

And it all calls to me. Every time I open a door to the refrigerator or the pantry - I see the foods and I'm tempted.
That means that I have to tell myself NO many times during the day. Sometimes I promise I will have some later. Sometimes I ask myself what is more important -- tasting that food or feeling good about how I look?

Yesterday, I had a bulging tablespoon of coffee ice cream - taken right from the package, with no dish - eaten off the spoon. I enjoyed every bit of it then added it to the food tracker as 1/4 cup.

Taking a small portion like that gives me the pleasure of the taste - and prevents me from feeling deprived, from feeling sorry for myself or from feeling like a martyr.
It's important to avoid those thoughts because they usually set me up emotionally for a self-righteous binge to follow soon after.

There is some delicious key lime pie in the refrigerator that I have promised myself I can have a small piece of for dessert tonight with our company. I have to count it in with my points, though. So I'll limit myself during the day to make room for those extra points.

There's a lot of deal-making like that and other self-talk going on here each day,
and it takes energy.

Typically, after a week or so here at the beach, my energy gives out, as I move into a lazy beach life mode. I must be very careful when that happens -- that I don't start saying YES to myself all the time as I have in years past.

So far so good!

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    That broccoli salad sounds great! I think you are on the right track in planning for those tiny indulgences -- because you are accounting for them "in advance". I find it helps to actually pre-enter into my nutrition tracker when I'm really beset by those kind of temptations, even a day or more in advance!

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    1809 days ago
    Beach life sounds wonderful even with all of the temptation.
    1811 days ago
    You are doing well so far. I like the way you track the ice cream and the reasoning behind it. emoticon Keep up the good work! emoticon
    1811 days ago
    You're doing great!
    1811 days ago
  • LGAR519
    I love reading Janet Evanovich. That's a good idea to use reading as motivation. Alas, I can't have just a bite of something. If I do, it will cause me to binge.
    1811 days ago
    You are doing very well. It's so hard to resist those foods in the refrigerator and pantry. I have had 2 small slices of apple pie. My SIL brought me some tart apples from her homeplace, but I can't eat anymore. The scales started climbing.
    1811 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Hard to prepare for guests and have all the "preparations" calling to you, but you are doing well!

    Using a book as motivation to walk is a brilliant idea. Mind if I steal it?
    1811 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I like your broccoli salad recipe and will try it.
    You are right about food being very tempting in the summer. There are so many wonderful things available now! Good for you saying no and making good choices. I think you are wise to plan ahead some indulgences and to enjoy yourself.

    Have a great day.

    1811 days ago
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