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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another Salty Tale

Going back to work after vacation I picked up a couple of packaged items from Trader Joe's - OMG - check out this Satay noodle bowl.

The stats looked great in the store (no reading glasses) but upon closer inspection the serving size was 'almost 2' so the above is twice what I expected. Rats.  But it will be fun to have something different and I know now not to pick up that particular box again. I know to stay away from packaged foods, and dinner will be all about the veggies.

Bittersweet going back to work; I don't want to be there - I want to be home finishing up projects and riding my bike while it's cloudy. The 90's are hard to face after beach weather! I had always thought coastal living was off my retirement list, but cool cloudy mornings for exercising and warm afternoons for hanging out on the beach would actually an awesome combination.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Ocean frame of mind

Back from four days at Morro Bay; my eyes still filled will splendor, my ears with the crash of waves, my skin still crawling with the drying of sand, and my mind cleared by the fresh clear air blowing in from the ocean. I will hold these feelings as long as I can - I feel so happy and normal and productive.  I've had a short haircut this morning, cutting away time and effort and somehow a weight off my shoulders, and not just literally.

Breakfast was a Veggie Wrap w\ hummus from Trader Joe's, and looking at the sodium content below I am reminded that even something that seems like it would be healthy may not be the best choice.  But I did not drive through for coffee or a sausage biscuit this morning, and I am once again feeling strong and hopeful.

There is laundry to to, and The Horse Whisperer to keep me company between loads while I rest my back. I love a nice quiet busy day!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Not another failure, one more way to not make a lightbulb

I liked juicing, and will keep it as part of my quest for losing weight, being healthy, and all that dream entails. But as with almost anything else I have ever tried, I did not complete my mission. I did not juice for 60 days, and in fact at some point forgot I was even trying to do that. It appears I am not very supportive of myself, but having a tentative memory at best that comes as no surprise. I'll just keep doing what I can to lean into nutrition and enjoy the beginning thrums of a positive energy cycle.

I came back from the grocery store this morning with kale, corn tortillas and peppers to make spanish rice and tacos. I'm craving starches, and black bean tacos fits the bill perfectly. Garden tomatoes, diced with a little bit of fresh jalapeno and onion will be the perfect garnish. I have just set the wild rice (seed, not grain) to steam and once the timer dings I'll set to chopping the veggies. Besides the traditional onions, tomatoes and peppers I am adding a couple big handfuls of finely diced kale to the rice. Yum.

So back to the basics I thought I would never leave. At least I am not starting at ground zero learning about nutrition, so hopefully it won't take three years this time. But if it does, I'm good with that, because it will have meant I had three years of success.

I may be the queen of do overs, but that is better than falling permanently through the cracks and giving up all together. Okay, I may do that too upon occasion, but I never stay there, I eventually look up and start crawling again.

I will count my blessings, I will be quiet part of each day even if it means locking A out of my room for a bit, and I will keep healthy choices in the house so there is something to reach for. Nuts, fruit, seeds, legumes, greens...or as Fuhrman says:  Gombs - Greens, onions, mushrooms, berries & seeds.

I've been using flax meal again for a few days and the results are already showing in my improved temperament. I am also back on one of the prescriptions for my back pain, but it's too soon to tell if it's helping. But I am hopeful.

Hello life.