Monday, September 29, 2014
Yesterday my husbnd and I went with my stepdaughter and grandchildren to the Virginia State Fair. What a terrific day. The children loved the rides the best, of course. I remember how great it felt to be given the freedom to go into the ride section of the fair with $10 for the afternoon! Rides aren't unsupervised anymore, at least not with an 8 and an 11 year old, but still.
My daughter made this collage of pictures from the day. Note the one with me and the grands in front of "Porky's." Now a fair is not a place that features healthy food, but you know we did well enough with well cooked pork sandwiches and for me, a fan of a hot dog in a pinch, a hot dog. I added sauerkraut and gave myself a serving of vegetables. Ha! And then there was all that walking. Do you see where this is going? Who says the gym is the only healthy place around (-:
And as always, I wish I got calorie credit for all the things I did not eat. Fried Oreos? Yikes.
Friday, September 26, 2014
I got a suggestion yesterday (in an on-line class) to look at my 'to do' list for the day, to scratch half of it and add one item of "fun." It could be anything. Sticking a flower in a vase, drawing a picture, painting my nails...
I realized how my original list--which was, by the way, in my head and not written down-- was one of 'obligations.' There was a bill to pay, a stack of paper to organize, an exercise session to get in, etc. When I tried to think of 'fun' I was (I am embarrassed to say this) STUMPED.
I stewed about this question off and on all day. Finally after dinner I came up with the idea of doing a 'night walk," with my husband. We held hands and bumped along on our country road. (No worries, it's in a safe community place). We ran into a neighbor who was driving out to run an errand. She said we were nuts! (But I also thought she looked a teensy, weensy bit jealous...) It was then I realized how unique JUST HAVING FUN is in my much too serious life.
It felt great to be called NUTS (-: And I'm still thinking about that sweet walk in the dark.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
As September moves all too quickly toward October I am thinking about fall and winter weight gain. It is tempting to cling to the lovely fruit and veggie meals of summer, but I noticed lately that local peaches and nectarines have lost their healthy texture and flavor. And yes, the markets where I live have summer fruits all winter, but for me, it is not the same.
I ate a wonderful apple today for a snack. It crackled when I bit in. It was juicy and close to divine.
I need to remember that it itís not the switch to apples, from berries and plums that will derail my maintenance; it is the strudels, the muffins, and the tempting au gratins. These fall favorites can lead me far from my healthy intentions.
I like fall clothes. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where a wool jacket worked most of the year. But here in Virginia the seasonal changes are a bit more dramatic. Iíve got clothes to layer up for fall and winter walks. Iím digging out my gloves this week for the day I will need them. This is prevention. I want to be ready so I have no excuse when the winds pick up, and the rain and snow come.
Itís important for me to look ahead and be ready to embrace whatís next. But in the meantime, Iím heading to my mailbox to pick up our mail. Iím going barefoot. For today itís still summertime!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Twice a year I go through my spices and organize, re-alphabetize (no one in my house, including me seems to consistently put spices back where they belong!!) and evaluate my spice rack.
Spices get old and stale and need to be tossed. This project helps me decide I'm never going to use something and toss it out: today it was dried basil. It is so readily available fresh now, and dried basil doesn't work the same way at all. I'm not going to use it anymore. I feel the same way about cilantro. Fresh is a whole different thing.
I'm all ready to cook now! When I open the doors to my spice storage area I feel like an artist, with a full selection of colorful alternatives.
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