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What I Did Right This Week

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's so easy to dwell on what we do wrong in a week...I don't need any reminders to remember those things. But sometimes I find it hard to remember what I did right. So, I thought I'd blog about the good decisions I've made this week! I'm doing this mainly to remind myself of ideas for when I'm feeling like I need a healthy boost.

1) At the grocery store, I bought lots of fresh and frozen fruits and veggies. I wanted to be sure I had ingredients to make healthy food choices. I did not buy potato chips or ice cream this week...a big deal for me! (I usually buy low-fat ice cream and lower-fat potato chips, but I decided not to buy them...if they aren't in the house, I can't eat them!)

2) I made some things ahead of time for healthy meals later in the week. I made hard boiled eggs to have for breakfast and to add to a salad at lunch time. Then I made a HUGE pot of soup with lots of anti-inflammatory foods. I sautéed a little lean sausage (I know some may consider this "bad" but I feel you need something for flavor), and then added onions, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, kale, barley, chicken broth, turmeric, curry powder, garlic, oregano, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. I calculated the calories per serving to be about 380 for a big soup bowl. Then I made some "healthy" cookies, to attempt to satisfy my craving for sweets, because I always want something for dessert after dinner. I was reading on-line about someone making cookies from only two ingredients...bananas and oatmeal. I decided to try something similar. I used bananas, natural peanut butter, oatmeal, mini chocolate chips, and vanilla. I calculated the calories to be about 70 calories per cookie. I consider them healthier, because they have no sugar or flour. I have them with my warm turmeric milk as my dessert.

3) For any cravings I have for potato chips, I'm going to make popcorn on top of the stove, with a bit of coconut oil. I can control the salt and oil this way, and popcorn has a lot more fiber. And, to be honest, since I have to make it, instead of just reaching into a bag of chips, I'll definitely eat it less often...maybe once a week.

4) I'm really trying to do my "grazing" plan this week, which is what my doctor recommended to avoid being hungry. I eat breakfast (about 330 calories) at 7:30, a salad for lunch (about 300 calories) at 11, a mid-afternoon snack (about 150 calories) at about 3:30, dinner (about 400 calories) at 6:00, and dessert (about 150 calories) at 7:00. This gives me 1,330 for the day. It varies a bit, of course, but that's within my goal of staying under 1,500 calories a day.

5) My knee is feeling somewhat better, so I'm trying to dance again.

6) I moved my scale. I decided to put it in the kitchen, where I can see it every day. It's a few steps from my refrigerator, as a subtle reminder to make better choices.

So, that's what I feel I did right this week. How about you?
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    What great choices! I am mainly just trying to exercise each day and log my calories, eating within a certain limit. I can eat about 1535 a day. I am also watching this series on Netflix, called Ringer. I've been wanting to watch it for a long time, and I am finally letting me. And I have been reading through the New Testament. I thought I could do that this year. After I injured my ankles in December, I was unable to exercise for a long time. And so reading the Bible, I thought, would be good, since we are more than our bodies. I've never read it all the way through. It's good that your doctor helped you with a plan to feel less hunger throughout the day.
    1500 days ago
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    I'm glad your knee is a little better. This is a great list of things you've done. I like your idea for cookies, very satisfying. Soups are the best! Nourishing, soothing and filling without a big calorie wallop.

    I like your idea of posting the positive. It feeds on itself. As does negativity. I know, because I am a pro at that! Keep it up, you're doing great!
    1745 days ago
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    Thank you for posting such a positive list of "right things" - that's s great idea, by the way. And I am also inspired by some of your strategies/recipes, so Thank You!!
    1745 days ago
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    Wow! You've definitely motivated me! Love your ideas & your positive attitude. I am almost done with my 72 hour shift and know what I will be doing in the morning. ..having a day much like yours! Thank you.
    1745 days ago
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