Sunday, December 21, 2014
Hmmmm, gonna like this one!
Broth, chicken, celery, carrots, Greek seasoning (thyme, oregano etc.), crushed Marzano tomatoes (bottled, very thick), a little brown rice and mixed canned beans, drained, all simmered. Two cans of drained water pack artichokes, halved. Chopped green, red, yellow, orange bell peppers. Some lemon juice to finish. And maybe a sprinkle of low fat feta cheese on the top when reheated by bowlful?
Gotta keep up my energy at this busy time of the year -- Christmas tree is finally up (but not yet decorated): it's a beauty, a very wide and bushy Fraser fir. There was a debate about artificial and we actually went to look at them -- the less expensive ones looked suitable for post Christmas recycling on toilet bowl brush duty, the nicer ones totally ridiculously expensive (I was SHOCKED!!) but still don't smell like Christmas. Then even considered pine in a pot to be planted outside later; not cheap and might die before spring. And indoor tropical house plant Norfolk Island pine; found a lovely little grove of them in a big pot about 3 feet high, reasonable price. But DS really (as it turned out, and when faced with the "choice") wanted a "real tree" which we have always had -- and so it was baled and stuffed into my elderly Volvo, with trunk jammed into the pass-through where my cross country skis go . . . and we got it home. DD has set out the Victorian Christmas village on the mantle in billows of cotton wool snow . . . it looks lovely.
Time to harness the reindeer, get some wrapping done -- and there's a jazz group playing the afternoon I'd like to hear too!! Then will need to motor through some essential stuff at work progressively unwinding . . . . as the lovely descent happens into Christmas! Lazing in front of the fire . . . playing Scrabble . . . reading . . . and if it snows enough, getting those skis out!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
I've been thinking a lot about this concept recently.
"Secondary gain" is, of course, a medical term: "Interpersonal or social advantages gained indirectly from organic illness, such as an increase in attention from others."
It seems to have particular ironic resonance in the context of obesity!! Yeah, not just the pounds that get gained . . . but something else. Otherwise, why?
And so, if obesity is an "organic illness", what secondary gains did I derive from being overweight for so many years? Comfort, protection, distancing . . . It was FEEDTHEHUNGER's terrific blog yesterday that brought this to the front of my mind: my goodness but she is witty and wise and erudite and profound always . . . but yesterday, particularly!!
And if there were secondary gains in being obese that I've given up for the past decade or so (more or less), then what secondary gains am I still deriving from continuing to struggle with weight loss maintenance, the eternal quest to stop yo-yoing and to find lowest sustainable weight, not some fantasy weight, and . . . . . . . ????
Inquiring minds wanna know. If this is a battle waged and won between the ears (as cognitive behaviour therapists such as Dr. Judith S. Beck believe to be so . . . ) then I'm suspecting this particular inquiring mind NEEDS to know.
Your thoughts?? (And yeah, I know we're all too busy with holiday preparations and celebrations to be thinking about anything at all at all . . . but possibly this is the single period of the year when we'd most benefit from thinking about it . . . to stave off the almost inevitable primary pounds gains????)
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thanks as always for the excellent and helpful "feedback" (you should pardon the expression: but at least it's calorie-free) on yesterday's blog.
I know it's bleak to contemplate perpetual hunger: but for me that's gotta be put in context. I was perpetually hungry at 230 pounds when I was basically eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted: a sad truth. No amount of food would "EVER" be enough food, at some level. And so: might as well be perpetually hungry and slim(mish), right? As I search for my lowest achievable and then sustainable weight.
Nevertheless, after reading Spark community response I tried upping protein a bit last evening by preparing myself a Melba Dessert Omelette with my supper soup: used a full cup of egg white, a little Splenda and frozen peach slices: and then garnished with low sugar twice the fruit raspberry jam. Mmmmmmmm: delicious!! A BIG whack of protein. And low calories too . . And yup, I think I felt less hungry.
This morning I went for oatmeal with raisins and pumpkin pie spice and vanilla Greek yogourt for breakfast: again upping the protein. Spinach salad with many bright veggies and 8 (!) large shrimp plus some chopped fruit all ready for lunch . . .
Yesterday when I went to my hairdresser after work, he took one look at my outfit and announced (outrageously), "You look hot! Enough to turn a gay boy straight!!" (OK then, I recognize that not all Sparkies operate in my cultural milieu . . . but he's known me for at least 25 years and he's been married to his adoring husband for the past 8 or more and he's one of my very favourite people: and this is proudly diverse Canada!) He absolutely made my day! And yup, it was that perennial size 6 black leather pencil skirt, this time with opaque black tights, moderate black stiletto pumps, little black boiled wool jacket with leather trim, severe French cuffed white shirt and black/white polka dot silk scarf . . . , Fun.
Weight is steady. No chocolates or cookies consumed at the office yesterday.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
How Canadian! And a nice antidote to Crassmass, don't you think??
Not sure which are my favourites but -- those huskies are particularly appealing!!
And oh yeah, there is a website selling stuff too -- but no need to go there!!
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