Turning Over a New Year 🎉🎊

Only one day left in 2018.

I’m sitting here thinking about the past year. So many changes yet a lot has stayed mostly the same. I lost a lot of extended family, close and distant friends, and friends who were as close as family; I mean lots, more than a dozen. It seems I’ve said, “Sorry for your loss” at least monthly this year. Just odd, but it really caused me to think about my own life a lot. I felt more conscious of time. I remembered my dad, now in his 80s, always saying when in his 50s, “I have more years behind me than I do in front of me.” I was in my 20s then, now I’m in my 50s. I can sincerely say I have more years behind me than in front of me; the death of so many friends and acquaintances this year brings those words to the forefront more than ever.

So, what does that mean for my life decisions? In short, it means I want to focus on the things that are important to me. What are those things?

In no particular order:

Portraiture / Art – For most of this year, I contemplated returning to school to obtain a doctorate degree. It was just a matter of nailing down what I wanted to study and where. I reviewed/applied to a few schools and interviewed with one, in the Technology field. In the end, I decided to pit it on hold, if not nix it. Why? Because as a middle-aged woman I discovered I had a talent for art, specifically, drawing portraits. It has changed my focus more than I thought. I like my job a lot, it suit my skill set, and personality. … but I love drawing! At this point in life, I need to focus on what I love. None of the schools I reviewed sparked my heart; I was not wanting to do it even before I took the first course. Apparently, getting a doctorate was a goal, but not a heart’s desire; if that makes sense. Nope, I don’t plan to go to art school, I just plan to use my years left doing something that makes my heart happy and makes others smile! Simple. 🎨

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Family/Friends – I have a small immediate family but a pretty large extended one. Thanks to social media I can keep in contact with many of them much easier than I probably would have otherwise. I also have many friends from all the schools and churches I’ve attended, and neighborhoods I’ve lived in. I’ve been thinking about the friends who are like family a lot… because I lost some this year. I have a very small group of friends who are like family to me. They know me more than anyone else really. It is important to me to work hard to maintain these friendships, keeping the air clear between us, sharing time together, and making memories.

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God and His Son Jesus…and children and widows. – I would have said ‘religion’ but I’m lowly interested in religion actually. … but boy, what a bone of contention the name of Jesus has become in the past few years?! My belief has been a foundation for my life though – there is no shame in that for me. I will not disparage you for what you believe but I want to be a light, a reflection of Jesus, in a dark world.

The Bible says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27)

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Health/Wellness: If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I strive to be as healthy as I can. This year was a challenge after losing a significant amount of weight, but I plan to keep working at it. I want to be strong in my mind, body and spirit in order to face life boldly.

This also includes keeping an orderly physical space. I don’t know about you but clutter around my house, also clutters my mind and thought processes. For some it doesn’t matter I know but I want to minimize where necessary keeping “junk” outnof my space.

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You might want to call these four things New Year resolutions, but I don’t. I like ro call them Life Discoveries. One of the best things about being an adult is that you can make your own decisions about your life and you can live out the consequences; good or bad.

Hello 2019! Thank you Lord for breath, life, peace, salvation and hope!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ❤️🙏🏽🎊

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Hi …It’s Been a While

It has been a while people! Summer rolled on by as I was trying to ‘get things done’ around here. Now it’s Fall.🍁  And just like I wasn’t paying attention to the calendar I haven’t been paying much attention to my food choices.  Sooooo, 11 pounds later I sitting here like … what exactly did I eat that equates to 11 extra pounds?🤨🧐😞

Really, it’s all good, well, not really good but … I’m trying to say I reacted so differently than I had in the past… which is growth in more than just my weight. Back in the day, those 11 pounds would have sent me spiraling but this time I KNEW I just needed to readjust and be aware…. stop the mindless grazing…but doesn’t this look goooood?… Warm Peach Cobbler from Brookwood Grill 😊.  Tasted good too!  Happy Birthday to me.💕

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Warm Peach Cobbler!

…for the record, I shared this with another person….too much for me.

I did readjust… and have lost 5 of the 11 pounds so far. I had to change something though. For the past 2 years I’ve used the My Fitness Pal app, which I really liked…. just got bored with it and slowly stopped using it, which means I wasn’t tracking, and therefore was eating more. Uggghh!  For me, logging my food, not necessarily every morsel but keeping a general idea of my calorie intake, is a GREAT HELP!

I switched to the Lose It! App.  I LOVE IT! It’s colorful, engaging, lots of little tips and applications to play with…and it rejuvenated my desire to log. I only have the free version too.  If you want to pay…there are lots of additional things to help you.

I have been eating fun stuff that I love to celebrate my birthday month.  That’s over for now…. back to lots of water, lots of veggies, lots …OK,  ‘some’ exercise 😂. I do feel better, less dense. I actually did a bit of a detox to get back on track… it helps a lot. I did start eating these….they are healthy, easy, delicious and not too caloric. There are a few different varieties  all of them are good.

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Well, that’s all for now.

Lesson learned: The road to healthy living has U-turns, potholes, traffic violations, and sometimes a broke down vehicle but road side assistance comes along in various forms; a motivational article, an encouraging friend, and sometimes just a fun new app. 🤗

Peace and Love! 😘

 

 

 

Sour + Greens = Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut might be one of those ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ Foods.  Although I go through seasons of eating it, I really like it.

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I was at Whole Foods a while back and couldn’t find the sauerkraut.  One of the employees there led me to what she said was the best she ever had.  Okay, I took the bait… and am glad I did.  2FEAA758-4314-4F90-816E-3068465B6B0FI wanted it because I’d had digestion issues and knew that fermented foods would help get my gut bacteria back in balance.  This is what she showed me.

I finally opened it… weeks after buying it 😏…. and expected to taste, well sauerkraut.  However, this was indeed… very good, fresh, not salty tasting, and not so overly sour.  The store employee was correct…. probably the best I’ve had.

Well, decided to share a bit of info about Sauerkraut I found online…8 Surprising Benefits of Sauerkraut (plus how to make it).

1. It’s nutritious. I kinda knew that…it is cabbage. Cabbage is good for you.  But look at all the other goodness in it:

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2. It improves digestion.

3. It boosts your immune system.

4. Read rest of article here… 8 Surprising Benefits of Sauerkraut (plus how to make it)

That’s all I’ve got today!

Toodles! 😘

 

I’m Bored…with food

I’m bored with food. 😒 Well, not really.  Actually, I still love food…. I’ve been loving it too much again though.  Haha!

It’s crazy how just a few weeks of enjoying your fave foods can make you lose your mind at the table and start packing them back on.  I also haven’t weighed myself in 3 weeks – THAT is a problem.  For me the scales is my accountability partner. I don’t think much has changed though, Clothes still fit and all. It’s just that the mind will tell you LIES, LIES, and MORE LIES all the while the pounds creep back on. The scales don’t lie.

Last month I went on a business trip for a week and ate out daily.  I was able to minimize the food damage by skipping breakfast and doing exercises in my hotel room every evening. … but I felt so sluggish after sitting daily and eating such a wide variety of foods.

When I returned home my routine was busted!  I’ve never really got back in the groove but I need to.  I’ve tried, but going out with friends here and there is sabotaging my efforts.  Sigh.

Looking back over the past few weeks I have figured out that a lot of my issue now is boredom with the food I’m eating.  I’m not wanting the go-to salads and vegetables that I’ve been eating so much of for more than 2 years now.  Nothing looks appealing except pizza, chicken wings, etc. 😂😂   I actually made a salad last week for dinner, took a few bites and tossed it all out.  Just wasn’t appealing to me.

So, I am currently trying to think of new foods, and new ways to prepare them.  If this is going to be a lifestyle change I need to really work hard to keep it fresh and satisfying, otherwise I will set myself up for failure.

Today was one of those days where I swear I had a tapeworm.  I just felt hungry all day.  Then it dawned on me that 1) I had not taken my vitamins in a couple of days, and 2) I’ve eaten much less protein this week. I could never be vegan etc.  I don’t eat much meat at all but a little keeps hunter at bay for me.

I couldn’t decide what to eat … I didn’t want to thaw food and cook it. So I made a PB&J (natural peanut butter, strawberry All Fruit spread on toasted sprouted breads) with a glass of Almond milk.  I didn’t measure, weigh, or count anything  just made it and ate it.  Then made another half….😣  😂  …not hungry anymore though.

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When I started my journey to get healthy and lose weight I realized it really was going to be a journey with ups and downs, and ins and outs, and good days and not so good days.  It’s all good. It’s life! Enjoy and learn from it all.

I’m thinking about expanding this blog a bit to include more about life and what we humans face while in these vessels. We’ll see. Until the next time…

Peace and Love to you! 😘💕

Summer Spread

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You will know when summer officially hits around my home because there will always be melon…. watermelon and cantaloupe. 😋.

Love watermelon especially… seriously, my summer Sunday routine includes church, then going to get a watermelon so I can cut it up and toss the rind for the Monday trash.

I buy seedless ones.  There are some watermelon purists out there who only buy the seeded ones.  I don’t eat seeded watermelons or fish with lots of bones for the same reason…. I hate excessive spitting during eating… too messy for me.  Just my preference.  When I was a little girl my family would drive from NY to GA and my dad would buy several big seeded watermelons to bring back home  …. and amongst them was always a couple of little “Sugar Babies” (small round seedless sweet watermelons) for me.

Watermelon has many great benefits.  Check it out here! Benefits of watermelon 🍉 

I also love summer food colors so I decided to do a mostly clean eating colorful food week.  When I do this, I like to include eating mostly raw, colorful foods, with low protein, and a smaller amount of cooked green veggies. This really helps when I need to have enough food to keep my energy levels going and my hunger down but also need to watch my caloric intake and do a mini-cleanse. Anyway, summer fruits and veggies do the trick.

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Watermelon, cantaloupe, orange/yellow/red peppers, sautéed green beans, sautéed spinach, and cucumbers

I will eat some protein because I’m not vegan or such, and eating a bit of protein keeps my metabolism fired up, and seems keeps my hair and nails in better shape. So, at some point in the week, I will throw a bit of salmon, or chicken on the grill…. a couple ounces per day is usually enough.

Try some of these summer foods… or any others.  So delicious!

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Love and Peace!

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