Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Thanks to all for the support from Yesterdays blog. Today I feel better. I am still snotty and have decided I don't have enough energy to to an hour cardio class.
Instead, I am popping in the Leslie Samsone CD and doing 15 minutes of walking, then popping in on of the Spark Coach CD's, probably the FIT, FIRM and FIRED UP.
I have planned my food for the day, and am ready for whatever it brings. Had POB do an inventory of our freggies yesterday , then I made( threw together) an awesome Chef's surprise for dinner.
Took 8 oz chicken, covered in Black and Red Spice from Penzeys. Browned the chicken the added 1/2 Low sodium chicken broth, chopped a very large carrot, green peppers, summer squash, zucchini, 4 roma tomatoes, 1 bunch of scallions,I one orange sliced, and 2 cups pineapple. Sauteed and simmered, then added 1T lite soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Served it over 1/2 cup couscous. It fed the two of us very well. I felt satisfied and not too full.
I try to use the vegetables and fruits I get from Bountiful Baskets, I love the fact they always throw in something that I have never tried. Unfortunately life gets in the way, or I don't always plan well and end up throwing stuff away. Hopefully by keeping a live inventory of freggies, I will use that to plan the menu and then throw in the protein to finish the meal. This is a major change from the Old me. She planned everything around huge amounts of protein. Right now I have some persimmons and some chayote. Spark Recipes never cease to amaze me- even if I have to remake a recipe to reduce sodium or saturated fat, they are very good.
My kidney doctor put me on no more than 60 grams of protein a day. At first I felt like someone had cut my throat. My kidneys are happier and I am getting healthier so that was the motivation to make a change to my thinking. I visualize my plate- 50% freggies, 25% starches and 25% protein. I have had to eat more frequently - and if I don't, then I go into grazing mode and that isn't a pretty site.
Planning a meal is now "what freggies do I have"[and how can I make them into something special?
Yesterday I MEASURED a snack- 1 ounce of M&M's, 1 ounce pretzels, and 1 ounce mixed unsalted nutes. Not particularly healthy, but even with the 450 calories, I still stayed within my calorie range for the day.
I decided when I started this journey in September that I would abide by truths :
1. Eat Real Food
2, Do it because I love myself
3. Make one healthy choice, then make another.
4.Think Positively, Exercise Daily, Hydrate Often, Love Your Body, Sleep Lots,Eat Healthy, Work Hard, Stay Strong, Worry Less, Dance More, Love Often and Be Happy and repeat for Life.
5. Just Keep Going.
6. Strive for Progress, Not Perfection.
I made a Vision Board that incorporates these truths. Even though I have a long ways to go, I am doing it! My elusive butterflies are Exercise ( Exerplay) and Emotional Overeating. These are now the challenges I am working on. I have Quit smoking, which was one of the healthy choices I have made. I think losing weight is hard, but Quitting was harder, and the cravings persist. I have no choice but to post my daily NOPE and tough it out be focusing on the long term goal.
I found a great saying. I try to take life one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once. I pray that those days are few and far between.
My project for this week is to make my office my place of peace. POB spent a day redoing my wiring, putting together a bookcase & painting my new bulletin board to being this area closer to my visual image of this being my Sanctuary. He also got my new computer running, Even though I tell him, I hope he realizes how much I appreciate his support!