Saturday, September 14, 2013
Okay, I'm way overdue on blogging and I'm back for the moment. I've been incredibly busy with work, life, commitment to ETL food plan and trying to stay in balance with all. I'll unabashedly give myself a solid B+ for determination even though results may lag behind a bit. At a later time I'll confess to the week I craved and indulged a sodium desire beyond all belief! Please don't ever tell anyone about the morning fruit smoothies that included a bit of soy sauce! Funny, I never thought it was salt that would take me off plan.. I'd have put my money on sweets.. must be all the fruits I enjoy that keep the sweets monster from taking over my commitment to make healthy choices.
Anyhow the cravings have passed, the resulting gain has passed and most happily the plateau has passed too!
Now, a big excitement is just around the corner for me.. I'm going to West Africa for a 3-12 week assignment! ( So happy that I will be fitting into that airline seat more comfortably than I would have four months ago!) I work in Admissions for a US college and I'm headed to Ghana to help open a very small extension in Accra. Honestly, it will be very long days 6-7 days a week to accomplish our goals, but I will be certain to do at least two sightseeing days before I leave. Please, if anyone reading this has been to Ghana.. I'd love to hear your tips. For six months I've been working via Skype, phone and emails with our local Ghanaian team and potential students, so in some ways I feel like I've already been there
I do need to find out if I can use an electrical convertor for my NutriBullet. Really hoping to take it with me as the Ghanaian diet is very heavy in starch and light on fresh raw veggies, I need to maximize all my nutrient intake. Of course I will sample and enjoy the local cuisine.. but I am a woman who can easily gain 10 pounds in a week and I am planning on not bringing back a 10 pound weight gain as a souvenir of my trip!
So dear Sparkers.. travel advice welcome and I am desperate to know if anyone has traveled with their beloved NB?
Happiest of Saturdays to all!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Alright, I'm not perfect, thought that's not news to anyone who knows me.
It's funny to me that I'm finding it a greater challenge to blog than to make good food choices!
Yesterday I came home from work absolutely exhausted. There was stress at 6:00am when I was doing my first scheduled 8 hour Skype session from home with a colleague in West Africa. We are interviewing potential students in Ghana for our college's Online Learning Center in Ghana. Everything was set up the night before and of course it was a major fail in the morning. I had to gather everything together, drive to our campus and less than patiently wait for the IT Dept to open to help me figure out what went wrong and get me set up in my office. Ridiculous as it may seem, by the end of the day it was exhausting just being on call through the hours to do the interviews as they arrived.
Today was much better. I got all the bugs worked out of the system and was able to
Skype from the comfort of my dining room. My dining room is temporarily a Skype Studio with a college banner hanging behind me as a backdrop and my laptop perched on an upside down Rubbermaid bucket on top of the dining room table. Once I found out I would be Skyping the first thing I did was google " how do I look better when Skyping". I discovered that I should be looking up into the lens and there should be light from behind the camera. I have to do this again next weekend, so I'll just leave this set up in place for the week.
It turned out to be a good weekend.
I lost some more weight, Skyped for the first time, met some great young people in Ghana from the comfort of my living room and finally got around to a long overdue
hair coloring. I wonder what adventures lie ahead in the upcoming week?
Today I am soooooo appreciative of air conditioning, it's very warm here today and for the rest of the week.
Most surprising about my foodstyle is that on these days that I'm very busy and there are two months of these busy days ahead..... I am satisfied with eating only two meals a day. When I look at the calorie count on these light days it's about 950 and I know that generally that is too low. Almost unbelievable to me is that I'll have to find a way to add some nutritious calories on my busy days. Looking to add calories is a first for me! Life is just full of surprises!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I will show up here more often. I was doing so well with this blog but now I see a trend of not making time to blog. I think that just the action of showing up and sharing a few thoughts will help me to not stray from my ETL foodstyle. My food choices continue to be good.. a bit of a stray today with a GOBITE treat that had nuts, cocoa nibs and some cane sugar. All was a good except the sugar cane... not so much.
I've done what I never thought I wanted to do or could do.. eliminated wheat, sugar, dairy and processed food and I've been feeling better than ever. So, GoBITES NUT FROM IPENEMA... you are now banned, never to return again. I'm sticking with your nut only choices from now on.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Now that I've eaten, shopped and made over a months worth of ETL meals, I have become better prepared than when I first started out on this new food style.
My basic shopping list is created, the pantry is filled with beans, five types of nuts are in the refrigerator, the freezer is stocked with back up frozen veggies and edamame. I hope that I'll be able to make only one trip to the grocery each week.
I've managed to track down a few boxes of that Stash licorice tea that became a treat that I enjoyed so much the last time I lost a lot of weight. It's caffeine free and tastes really nice hot or cold. It has a naturally sweet taste, so I don't need any sweetener with it.
Buying the Magic Bullet was really helpful to my prep time. When I don't have much time to make a meal, I can whip up a smoothie really easily.
Also found these great little plastic atomizers that screw into lemons and limes to make the fruit their own spray bottle container.. love them.
The areas I still need to focus on are organizing recipes, learning specific nutrition of the individual foods that I eat, they're all nutritious but I want to know more specifics.. some study time will accomplish this.
I really need to get my refrigerator organized. It's not a big fridge and there's so much produce in there that it can't all be accommodated in the drawers and on the bottom shelf. I bought those green refrigerator bags that keeps produce fresh longer. Those will be a good investment.
*1c almond milk with coffee (non food plan .. but I'm sticking with it )
*Smoothie with 1c mixed fruit, 1c baby spinach, 2c kale, 1/3 oz almonds, fresh ginger, fresh lime juice
*2c baby spinach, 1c arugula, 1/3 oz almonds, 1/3c pea shoots, 1c black beans, 1T real lime juice,1T flax seeds, 1 oz avocado, 1/2c grape tomatoes, 1/2 orange,
* frozen banana
* 4oz string beans, 3 slices onions, 1c mushrooms, 3T minced garlic, 1c spinach,
1/3 oz almonds
* 1c licorice tea
* pomegranate seeds
It's a process and little steps will get me there.. even when it's 2 steps back to make one step forward. I'll get there, not perfectly, but with determination.
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