Classic Baked Acorn Squash (from SimplyRecipes.com)
1 Acorn Squash
1 Tbsp butter (I use Smart Balance Light buttery spread)
2 Tbsp brown sugar (I didn't use brown sugar at all)
2 Tsp maple syrup (I used NY Pure Maple Syrup)
Season to taste with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
(1) Preheat oven to 400 degree F. (2) Cut acorn squash in half. Scoop out seeds and stringy stuff in center. Score the insides of each half with a sharp knife. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about 1/4 inch of water to the bottom on the baking pan so that the skins don't burn and squash doesn't get dried out. (3) Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 tbsp butter. Sprinkle cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg on each half. Dribble a tsp of maple syrup on each half. (4) Bake in the oven for 1 hour - 1 hour, 15 mins. until squash is very soft and tops are browned.
DINNER (6:00 p.m.)
Broiled salmon; collard greens; 1/2 acorn squash (This was my first time every tasting, let alone making, acorn squash! First attempt: a success!)
Thank you dearest Sparkfriends!! I have to tell you that I appreciate you so much! I thank you for answering my plea and for supporting me during my hour of need. You are the best!
You ALL gave me soooo much encouraging advice for this exercise struggle that I'm in; but there were a few pieces of advice that spoke to me LOUDLY.
"Maybe not think about it so much. Maybe just do it. Do something" - LIFEGENESIS
"...do it in the morning..." - WORDLILY
"Don't commit to more than you can handle, e.g., once a week long walk that you do vs. 10 min daily that you say you'll do but don't." - GOURMETLOSER
"Don't try to be perfect, just try to do something." - DRB13_1
I am carrying those words with me...
One Sparkfriend posted a quote in her status recently. It really impacted me so I wrote it down. The quote was:
"We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them." - Abigail Adams
When I read LIFEGENESIS's comment about not thinking about it so much, it reminded me of that quote. I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish in exercise/fitness and blogging about it (for accountability) but I wasn't accomplishing any of my exercise goals. It was taking its toll on me mentally. But, I have to just let it go... not try to be perfect... just try to do SOMETHING... and then CELEBRATE those moments (as another Sparkfriend said).
So, I'm done talking about it. I'm not committing to anything *verbally*. I've decided to just let my actions speak for me. I'll be celebrating in my statuses and logging my success in my fitness tracker.
I'm tired of talking about it! I'm tired of thinking about it! I'm tired of not being committed enough to change it!!
I am so out of balance!!!
I know that I'm PMS'ing right now so my emotions may be more raw than usual, but they are REAL. They are not imaginary. They are most definitely mine.
I've just been so frustrated with myself lately!!!
I share all my food consumed, so you guys not that it's pretty much on point... at least for me it is. It's normal. It's the way I imagine myself eating long term... sometimes it's good... sometimes, it's "not-so-good" but it's NORMAL for me... a healthier me.
BUT, what I can't seem to get together is the exercising!!! I am just so frustrated. I have NO EXCUSES.... especially not to get a teeny, itsy-bitsy amount of exercise like 10 minutes in each day. NO EXCUSES whatsoever. I just don't do it.
With me, it's always one of the other (exercise OR eating right). It's like a broken record. Why can't both be aligned?!!
It's not willpower. I know it's not. I have tons of willpower. It all boils down to my level of committment. Anyone who has known me for even a small amount of time here on Spark knows that I definitely have the willpower to do what I am absolutely and completely committed to doing.
I am clearly not committed to exercising. Why is it such a struggle?! I know it's good for me. I actually feel GOOD when I do it. Why do I choose not to do it??
I don't know what inspired this rant. Please ignore it if you're not in the mood. I'm just so frustrated. I had to reach out to someone.... to the only folks that I feel truly understand...
I hope you have something for me.... some advice... some words of encouragement... some strategy.... some plan.... what worked for you... what didn't.... SOMETHING. I'm just desperate!
Sorry again... for the rant. But, I'm not even going to re-read or edit this.... it's just raw.