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.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Ever felt backed into a corner by work or a family member to get something accomplished? Or felt the need to do more until you were exhausted?
I sure have. My PTA days come to mind! And in many other circumstances when I am thinking, "how can I possibly..." while saying, "sure, I'll do that."
Then one day a mentor of mine told me to try a bold new approach: "Under promise so you can over deliver." It sure beats the alternative of over promising and under delivering or struggling to meet my own self-inflicted performance goal. Most of the time it works just great.
Just last week my husband called and asked, "Are you cooking tonight?"
"Maybe, I said. Not sure."
As the afternoon progressed I happily put together a fine dinner for us.
He said, "I didn't think you'd cook!"
"I know," I said. "Changed my mind."
Smiles all around and no pressure felt.
I'm not sure this will work for everyone, but it sure works for me.
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