Friday, January 30, 2009

Mmm, Pizza!

I'm a total pizza snob. I love pizza but only really good pizza, Boston pizza. When I'm craving those flavors I really don't want to waste the fat and carbs on Georgia pizza (gag.) I came up with this recipe as a delectable alternative. It's flavorful and healthy, it really holds me over until I can get back to Boston for my pizza fix.

Mushrooms Margherita
Serves 1

two large portobello mushrooms
two or three vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
fresh basil leaves
your favorite cheese, I like goat cheese or fresh mozzarella
salt, pepper, olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes (optional if you don't dig spicy foods)

Remove the stems from the mushrooms and carefully scrape out the dark brown gills. Drizzle caps with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Bake in a 400 oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and drain away any mushroom juices that has collected in the caps. Top caps with basil leaves, tomato slices and cheese. Broil until tops are golden brown and bubbly. Devour.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Photo!

I'm on my way out to lunch and a movie with the girls. I thought I looked presentable enough to take a photo of my progress. It feels really good to wear a smaller size!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Magic of Fiber

Anyone who has ever tried to lose one pound or 100 knows that there is no magic formula, pill or potion that will make pounds disappear. The weight loss industry will try to convince you that there is, but keep listening to "Big Diet" and the only thing you'll end up with is a fat ass and a skinny wallet.

Although, I have found that fiber is about as close as you can get to a magic potion. The SAD (standard American diet) is practically devoid of fiber, yet fiber is one of the most beneficial keys to great health and healthy weight loss. Getting an appropriate amount of fiber daily can reduce cholesterol, help control blood sugar levels, reduce the risk for colitis, constipation and hemorrhoids. Try having a positive outlook on life while carrying around hemorrhoids in your pants all day. Good elimination is key to healthy weight loss. Good elimination leads to a light feeling that just can't be beat. I've even read that constipation can cause dark under eye circles, this alone is a good enough reason to up the fiber. Fiber-rich foods keep you feeling full longer, too.

In addition to juicing and trying to keep my food choices high in fiber, I also take fiber supplements every day. I like Fibersure, because it really does mix clear and have no taste and Nature's Secret Multi-Fiber. No, I don't spend the whole day in the bathroom. In fact, taking lots of fiber makes those bathroom trips quick and easy!

So get some fiber and get moving.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Live from the Pulpit...

It's Vicar Preachy McJuicerson.

Have you gotten a juicer yet? Don't be afraid that it will taste bad. Freshly pressed juice is delicious! A couple of apples or a handful a grapes tossed in with all those lovely veggies really make it tasty. Getting those nutrients and enzymes in your body each day feels wonderful. Do something truly great for the health of you and your family, get your juicer.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday Weigh-In

This past Friday and Saturday at work people really took notice that I'm shrinking. I had people telling me that I need to buy smaller uniforms, telling me that I look really good, asking me what I'm doing. If you've ever been obese and lost some weight, you know just how much of a double edged sword it is when people start noticing. It feels good that my efforts to change my eating habits are resulting in a shrinking girth but it feels uncomfortable being put on the spot that way. When you're obese, you're invisible to people. It's ironic but people don't really "see" you. And you want to be invisible, to hide. Out of fear, shame, whatever. But once you start to make a physical change, people start to see you again. I wonder if this is the reason that so many people, including me, fail at keeping weight off.

I took the opportunity to tell those who asked how I'm doing it, that cutting out sugar, junk and fast food and eating fresh, whole foods to improve my health is paying off in weight loss. I think some were shocked to hear that I'm not on some sort of crash diet. I'm going to try and accept the comments, some of which were very genuine compliments, as positive reinforcement. But I'm not buying new uniforms until the old pants fall off. ;)

Now on to the good stuff. I weighed-in at 238.5, which means another 3 pounds gone for a total of 38.5 pounds. It amazes me that I ate pasta twice last week and still managed to lose 3 pounds. Trader Joe's flax pasta is delicious! I never thought I'd get used to eating alternative pasta but this one is really good.

I hope your Monday is sunny and not too stressful.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Must Try Recipe

It feels like it's been so long since I sat down to post. My work schedule has been nutso, but it's finally settled down so hopefully I can finish the bunch of drafts that have been waiting on me.

Tuesday evening I made Beef and Bok Choy Hot Pot and oh my goodness the flavors were amazing, hot, sour and tangy all at the same time. I love bok choy and this recipe has inspired me to find more recipes that use this lovely, crisp cabbage.

I followed the suggestions from the reviewers that said to use more broth and less water than the recipe states. I used 2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup of water. I don't care much for the flavor of beef broth and I certainly didn't miss it in the recipe. Other tweaks were twice the garlic and quadruple the amount of ginger than the recipe called for. There can never be too much ginger as far as I'm concerned. I was nervous about the cinnamon but after cooking for a couple of hours it mellowed out to a nice warmth but didn't overtake the dish. This Hot Pot is perfect for cold nights, it's warming and satisfying. It was really good left over, too. Definitely a keeper, I really hope you give it a try.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Goodie: Silk Creamer

My quest for finding a lovely non-dairy alternative to half and half continues. While I really enjoyed the hempmilk in my oatmeal, it was a bust in coffee and tea. I still keep almond milk on hand, but it does lack that creamy texture that I sometimes crave.

I tend to avoid soy because there is so much conflicting hype about it, some people will have you believe it's a miracle cure and others say it's poison. But mostly I don't buy soy milk because it tastes so nasty. But I noticed a "creamer" by Silk soymilk company at Publix a couple of weeks ago and the French vanilla flavor caught my eye.

The good~the texture is exactly what I hoped for and the flavor was surprisingly inoffensive compared to other soy beverages I've tried in the past. It made a very nice coffee drink, tasted good in certain flavored teas and was really good splashed on to cool my morning oatmeal.

The bad~It was totally gross in my beloved PG Tips tea and it does contain sugar. It's definitely sweeter than the vanilla hempmilk and the vanilla almond milk.

The ugly~As I've blogged about before, the change in my way of eating had pretty much eliminated all my PMS symptoms so I was quite concerned when late last week and over the weekend I started to get PMS full force. I was anxious and irritable like I hadn't been in months, bloated, sore breasts, cramps. Did I mention irritable? I was like a lunatic and it really upset me because my moods have been mostly pleasant and stable since getting off the sugar and other junk. Something was different this time, because before when the moment my period started all the PMS unpleasantness would go away, but this time I still have cramps and my breasts are still really sore. I tried to go over everything I ate and the only thing that changed since getting back to my routine after the holidays was the soy milk. So I did a bit of reading, and yes there is still lots of conflicting information but based on what I'm going through there is some truth to the statements about soy upsetting hormonal balances.

I'm going to avoid the soy and see what happens next month. Otherwise, it's back to the almond milk and the splash of plain milk in my PG Tips but I'll still be keeping my eyes open for something new.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Little Egg Cups

When I think of all the delicious things that can be served in little white ramekins I need to wipe the drool from my chin... Chocolate Pots de Crème, Crème brûlée, cheese soufflé to name just a few. One of my favorite ramekin recipes of all time is shirred or baked eggs. It's a recipe that has no end to variation. I made us ham and goat cheese egg cups for breakfast Sunday morning. Serve with a slice of sesame Ezekiel toast and you have yourself a most delectable and satisfying meal.

Ham and Goat Cheese Egg Cups

Oven to 400°

2 eight-or ten-ounce ramekins
4 slices of Boar's Head lower sodium ham
8 frozen artichoke heart quarters, thawed (Trader Joe's brand is the best)
4 eggs at room temperature
2 ounces goat cheese
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Line first ramekin with two slices of ham, place 4 artichoke quarters in the bottom then season with s&p. Crack two eggs over the artichokes, careful not to break the yolks. Season again with s&p then top eggs with one ounce of goat cheese and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Repeat.

Mmmm, egg cups!

Place ramekins on baking sheet and pop into hot oven. Bake until eggs are set to your liking. It should take around 10-15 minutes. You may want to let them stand a few moments before eating because the ramekins will be hot. I wish I could say I was patient enough to let them stand and get a photo of how they looked fresh out of the oven, but I didn't. We devoured them straight away.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Larabar Recall

I've got to go and check my stocks of Larabars. The recent peanut butter/salmonella debacle has caused a voluntary recall of two types of my beloved Larabars. Here is a link with all the details and how to obtain a full refund.

Try Something New: Baby Vidalia Onions

I love to try new products and new recipes. Other than meat salad, it can be weeks or even months before I make it back to repeat a recipe, even if it's an old favorite. If I could shop at Your Dekalb Farmer's Market every week and buy a variety of unusual produce, I would. But it's not as close as my local Publix, so sometimes I get stuck in a rut or if I'm pressed for time, I just head for what's on the list without stopping to see what's new and exciting.

Last food shopping trip, I noticed something new, baby vidalia onions. About halfway between the size of a green onion and a leek, the baby vidalia's aroma was much sweeter and milder than any of it's look-alikes. I couldn't wait to try them.

For Sunday dinner, I roasted parsnips, rutabaga, sweet potato, potato, garlic and the baby vidalia onions with chicken parts that I had marinated in a balsamic vinegar and spices. I only used two of the four onions in the bunch because I wanted to save two for the beef hotpot that I'm doing tonight. They got so sweet and caramelized and lent just enough oniony deliciousness without overpowering the dish that I was kicking myself for not using the lot.

Baby vidalia onions are on my radar now, so as long as they are available in season they'll be on my shopping list. I want to try them in a soup with asparagus and a touch of cream. Sounds like I'll have to start pulling out my favorite spring recipes soon!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Weigh-In

I prefer to weigh myself the same day and time each week, but I have to be out by 6am tomorrow for a day shift so I pushed it up a day. January has been a bizarre month for me, work-wise. My schedule has been all over the place, flip-flopping between day shifts and evening shifts which is wreaking havoc with my sleep schedule. Despite feeling a bit worse for the wear this morning, I'm quite happy to see another 2 pound loss! That makes 241.5 pounds, 35.5 pounds gone.

I did my fat percentage last evening (it's more accurate at the end of the day when the body is hydrated) and I'm down in that area as well. I started at 51% fat and now it's down to 45%. So everything is moving in the right direction except my work schedule, but I'm hoping to have that ironed out for February.

Have a fantastic and healthy week!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wonderings

Why did I get fat? Throughout my life I ate too much crap and didn't exercise. I get that part about why I'm fat, but what about all the other stuff?

I recall many restaurant meals with my thin friend Nerissa. She would eat a few bites, push the food around her plate and then took the majority of the meal home in a box. While I was seated across from her, feeling uncomfortable in the chair and in my own skin, with an empty plate in front of me wanting more bread and dessert. The food itself being more important than the getting together of friends. Is my brain wired differently from a thin person's? Where did my unbalanced attitude toward food come from?

Even before my parents divorced, we never really ate meals together as a family. My father was rarely home for supper and practically never home at the weekends. If he happened to take us out for a meal on Sunday afternoon, it was a rush job. He ate like some sort of glazed-eyed speed demon trying to hurry us up so he could drop us home so he could "get back to work." Which, so predictably, turned out was code for getting back to his mistress. There was nothing leisurely about it, no conversation, no familial bonding. After my dad left, my mother turned to food for comfort and then her yo-yo diet, binge cycle started. Is this when I learned to use food as a coping mechanism?

After my dad left, I remember being taken to nutritionists and behaviorists as a kid and I remember being called fat by other kids at school from time to time. But it really shocked me to see how not fat I was as a kid until I got my hands on the huge box of family photos while I was up visiting the family in December. I looked through piles of pictures was shocked! It was a totally unfair assessment on everyone's part to say I was fat until maybe Sophomore year of high school. Did I learn to be fat because people labeled me as such?

I have relatives on both sides of the family that are fat. Did I get some sort of busted gene that made me predisposed to becoming a fattie?

Dwelling on the past isn't healthy but sometimes you have to look to the past in order to make for a better future. Looking deeper into past issues can help with breaking the cycle. Making sure that my food is as healthful as possible was the first step. Focusing on friends and family and other joyful activities is another strategy I'm working on. Being present in the moment, not just during meals, but in all other aspects of life has helped bring balance back into my life. And most important, being conscious of my feelings while eating is really helping me understand the difference between enjoying a nourishing meal and just eating for comfort.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Candida Update and My Supplements

I completed the two month supplement routine as described in my first candida blog post. It has worked wonders with the food cravings (gone, baby, gone) as Kelley Eidem promised. I'm still having some eye issues that may need to be addressed with an Ophthalmologist but all the other yeast-related problems are gone. I have kept a couple of the supplements from Mr. Eidem's protocol in my daily routine because I love the benefits they offer. Olive leaf extract is a natural antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Working in health care, especially during cold and flu season, this is something I don't want to be without. PB8 (probiotic) aids the digestive and immune systems. The probiotic really keeps gas, bloating and burping at bay.

Here are the other supplements I take each day.

Omega-3 fish oil capsules~ I buy the Kirkland Signature brand from Costco because they are good quality and don't have any fishy smell or aftertaste.

Alive Whole Food Energizer multivitamin~ best multi ever! Check out this review at Natural News.

Folic Acid~ I started taking a folic acid supplement in 1999 when I had an abnormal pap smear. I had to have a small procedure to remove the bad cells. I learned that folic is very important to female reproductive health so I began taking it and have had normal pap tests ever since.

Fiber~Oh, the magic that is fiber. So magical it deserves its own post. Coming soon!

Fine Print~ Always follow the dosage directions of any supplements you're taking or the advice of your doctor or alternative health care practitioner/herbalist. If you're on medically prescribed medication be sure to check for possible interactions before adding any supplements to you routine.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I'd Like to Phone a Friend, Regis

I said I needed a cardio intervention and I got one. I invited my fit friend Lisa for a walk this morning and what a walk it was. A fast-paced hour with a very steep hill at the beginning. It was longer than I'm used to but it was fun and went by so quickly because we gabbed the entire time. I mentioned to my husband last evening that I needed a beating from Jillian Michaels, to which he replied, "Just wait until Lisa gets ahold of you." Thanks Lisa!

I've always read that exercising with a friend is a fun way to get fit and today was fun for sure. It definitely gave me the kick start I needed. So if you're looking to get moving, call a friend and invite them for a walk. You'll both get much more than a work out.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Step in the Right Direction

I have not recovered from the holiday bacchanalia as far as exercise is concerned. I didn't do one step last week. I can't beat myself up too much because I definitely needed the rest. Although I probably need a cardio intervention, I completed day one of the 28 day yoga book first thing this morning. I've been through almost the whole book before but it fell by the wayside. Completing the entire book of exercises is definitely on my priority list.

Yoga is a really feel good activity. I hate to call it exercise because it doesn't feel that way at all. I love how loose and relaxed my body feels afterward. Rejuvenated and ready to go. I do know that it is an effective, if not cardio, workout because I'm feeling a bit of that post exercise soreness in my muscles this afternoon.

If you've never tried yoga, I highly recommend the Hittleman book as a starting point. I can't seem to follow along with yoga on the instructional TV shows but it's very easy to follow along with the book. The instructions are clear and the illustrations are excellent. I'm hoping that once I complete the book that I'll be able to follow along with one of the many yoga programs that are available on the Fitness channel.

Monday Weigh-In

No walk of shame today! It's been a pretty good week, overall. I cooked up a storm so I was able to have lots of delectable and healthy food at the ready. I had a few stressful personal moments early in the week that were dealt with in a healthy manner (snapping at my husband and crying) so I was able to avoid the pantry raid. I got on the scale this morning to see the number 243.5 staring back at me. So 7.5 pounds dropped first week back after the holiday bacchanalia. 33.5 pounds gone. Buh-bye!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Chained to the Stove

It never fails to amaze me how much time I spend thinking about food and working in my kitchen while trying to lose weight and get healthy. On the surface the ideas seem to be at cross purposes but there are valid reasons.

Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance. You've heard this silly mouthful before, but it is still true. If I find myself unprepared, I could find myself calling for take away. Restaurant food can be fattening and unhealthy. Not all restaurant food is bad but for the most part it's loaded with sodium and who knows what.

Boredom. Who wants to eat the same boring food all the time? I don't ever want to feel like I'm missing out on fun and flavor, which would sabotage my efforts toward healthful eating. I have to admit that I just love researching recipes in books, magazines and online that use nutritious and delicious ingredients.

Cost. Eating healthfully and running my juicer daily can be expensive. I check my Publix flyer every week and plan my meals according to what is on sale. I also stock up on good quality produce for the juicer when it is on sale.

So sometimes I feel like I'm chained to the stove and sometimes I don't want to cook and plan but what I don't want more is to sacrifice my health for cost and convenience.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Weeknight Food

I've been cooking up a storm this week. It's the best way for me to get back into my healthy routine. I have a few good recipes that are definitely worth sharing. Wednesday night was fish cakes with a citrus, fennel and bitter greens salad. I tried using flax meal instead of breadcrumbs in the fish cakes, but that was an epic fail. The fish cakes fell apart and turned into a fish scramble, but it was still very tasty. The salad is one of my favorites. I used the zest of two oranges in the fish cakes and the juice of one of the oranges (whisked with a bit of red wine vinegar and olive oil) for the salad dressing and the segments from the other orange in the salad. I shaved a fennel bulb and tossed it with sliced green onions, diced red pepper, the orange segments and a bunch of watercress. This salad is both bitter and sweet, crunchy, refreshing and satisfying.

Last night I made Greek Wedding Soup from the Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. My husband and I are not huge fans of lamb but in the interest of trying new recipes, I followed along. This recipe is a keeper save for the fact that I will use ground turkey for the meatballs next time. The combination of the lemon and mint in the broth was unbelievable delicious and the recipe was truly fast and easy. It made four hearty servings so I have my supper for work tomorrow night all ready to go.

Tonight is Thai Lettuce Cups which is slightly adapted from a recipe I saw them make on The Biggest Loser awhile back. The original recipe can be found here on Epicurious. The total prep, cooking and clean up time was about 45 minutes, so not too bad considering all the chopping. I love that this recipe can be made in advance. You could do the prep on a Saturday morning and have a fast, healthy and delectable Asian take-away style supper on the table in minutes on Saturday night. You could also add some steamed jasmine or basmati rice to round out the meal. I've already washed the lettuce and made the turkey mixture which came out so awesomely delicious that I can't wait for supper! All I have to do at meal time is steam some snap peas as a side dish, fill up the lettuce cups and serve.

Thai Lettuce Cups

8 Boston lettuce leaves, washed and dried well

1 package of ground turkey meat (mine was 1.3 pounds)
Fish sauce to taste
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Lots of freshly cracked black pepper

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a wide saute pan over medium high heat. Add turkey and start to break it up. Add the crushed garlic, black pepper, a few dashes of fish sauce and vinegar. Cook until the turkey is crumbled up and no longer pink. Drain and set in the fridge to chill.

In a separate bowl combine
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
two tablespoons freshly grated root ginger
4 green onions, thinly sliced (I use both the white and green bits)
1 red pepper, diced
a big handful of coarsely chopped cilantro (Thai basil would work well, too)
2 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons chili sauce with garlic

Mix well then add to the cooked turkey mixture. Cover bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fill lettuce cups with mixture and sprinkle with chopped, roasted cashews and enjoy.

A Moment of Gratitude

I'm grateful that every night before my husband goes to bed (he goes up earlier than I do), he kisses me goodnight then checks to make sure the doors are locked. Then he comes back and kisses me again. It makes a good day better and melts away a craptacular day.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Real Age

I've watched the Oprah show on and off since it debuted in the mid 80's. I like the health and wellness episodes best, like when Dr. Oz is on. Much of his information is just refresher for me but I like the way it is presented, in small, bullet-like doses. Easy to listen to, easy to assimilate, a really good reminder on making my health a top priority.

I recently visited Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen's Real Age website and took the quiz. While I don't know my current cholesterol levels, I tried to be as honest as possible based on my health history and how I've been living over the past couple/three months. I was a little afraid while I was filling in all the information, afraid that I was going to see that my real age was 65 or 70, with my knees that still feel a bit sore and stiff at times and my largess.

My chronological age is 39.3. Color me squeeful when I saw that my "real age" is 38.1. The lifestyle changes that I've made over these past few months have really made a difference! I'm floored that how some small, healthy changes can make such a big impact. I can't wait to retake the test when I have my cholesterol levels taken and get closer to "one-derland." I'm hoping to roll back the clock even more.

Care to take the real age quiz and share the results with us? The results may be a pleasant surprise and keep you going on a healthy course or give you the motivation to make small changes that will add some healthy years to your life.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Goodie: Living Harvest Hempmilk

I've cut back on most dairy because I have various issues with it. Less dairy=less PMS for me, in fact I haven't had any PMS since before the lifestyle change. This next one is TMI but dairy gives me mucous. My sister and her two boys suffer from this dairy issue as well, so I wonder if it is a hereditary thing. Processed dairy has much, if not all of the natural goodness stripped away and most mass marketed yogurt products are full of fillers, artificial sweeteners or sugar/HFCS that I can't really see the benefits.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CALCIUM!?! Dark green and leafy veggies in my juice every morning and in my soups and salads in the evening are a fantastic source of calcium and fiber and lots of other health bennies.

Because I like to "lighten" my non-herbal teas and occasional cup of coffee and milk is the biggest mucous offender of all, I have been using alternative milks. The almond milk I like was out of stock at Publix yesterday so I picked up a box of Living Harvest Hempmilk. Hemp seed is high in protein, amino acids and essential fatty acids so I thought I'd give it a try. I chose the vanilla flavor. I used it in a cup of tea and in my flax oatmeal this morning.

Hemp milk looks similar to almond milk, pale beige in color but with a creamier texture. It's milder in flavor than the almond milk, which has a trace of bitterness on the aftertaste. It worked very well in my breakfast, which was a packet of organic instant flax seed oatmeal topped with ground flax meal and some raw mixed nuts and dried fruit. I dribbled on a couple of tablespoons before pouring over the boiling water. It was sweet and creamy, just delicious.

The tea was a different story. It never quite mixed in, it looked a bit curdled and then mostly settled on the bottom of the mug. This was disappointing. I wonder if I heat it up next time if it would blend in better. I will have to try it because the flavor is very nice.

Overall, I'm pleased with this new product. It's interesting and healthy. I think I'll try some of the recipes listed on the Living Harvest website in the future.



Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Oprah and Her Wagon

Did you watch the Oprah show yesterday? I have to give Oprah many props for being so open in front of millions of people with a subject that is so difficult to talk about. I completely understand where she is coming from, I've been there (am there) myself. Letting yourself down, wanting to hide and using food to soothe all the discomfort coming from outside and within. It is not a fun place to be but facing it head on is a really good place to start making changes.

I loved that she said that it's not a weight issue, but a love issue. This spoke right to my heart. I also totally identified when she said that it's not about the food, it's about abusing food for various reasons. One of my reasons for abusing food is the need for control. This is very typical for people with eating disorders, especially anorexia and bulimia. There are times when life just gets away from you and when that happens to me, when it feels like it's spinning out of control, I turn to food. Getting the food, eating how much of it I want, when I want and how I want gives me that feeling of control back. One of the best tools I have in dealing with this issue is sticking to my routine because feeling out of control is something I don't work well with.

I know how hard it is for me to put myself first, I can't imagine how much Oprah has to give of herself to run a corporation, heck she is the corporation, she must have people in her face all the time. Her frank confessions also gave me a true look at how money can't really buy happiness. I wish Oprah the best in finding her balance.

Wheezing the Juice

The juice fast went well but I'm happy it's over. I can't wait to eat something delicious and nutritious. An unofficial stepping on the scale showed that I'm back on the right side of 250 (249.5) and being de-bloated feels very good. I wasn't really hungry or irritable all day until Rob reheated his Chinese food leftovers for supper. The smell of Singapore noodles made my mouth water. I'm laughing about it as I type this but I wasn't laughing last night. I got a mild headache at about 9:30pm so I just went to bed. I slept well but my skin looks blotchy and spotty this morning. That's a normal sign of detoxification for me, once I'm back to healthy eating for a few days my skin will clear. I'm actually starting to feel like my old new self again.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday Weigh-In


Bloated walk of shame doesn't even begin to describe the march to the scale this morning. I'm up to 251 and missed my goal of staying at 250 or less by 1 pound. BLAST!

OK, lamenting over. There will be no more lamenting since I'm home safely in my sanctuary (such a long drive, I've still not recovered) and can get my much missed routine under way. I feel like a tick about to burst so I'm going to be doing a juice fast today to shed my body of the carb-induced water retention, to get my taste buds back to craving healthy food because my Mother's heavenly ravioli and meatballs in Sunday gravy is still calling to me five days later and to purify my poor, poor liver after drinking all that Champagne and Irish Mist.

I'm going to have three or four servings of fruit and vegetable juice today along with lots of lemon water and herbal tea in between. In addition to my usual suspects like ginger, carrots, lemons and spinach, I bought oranges, collards, beets and an avocado to blend in. I won't be venturing far from home because I expect to be spending lots of time in the loo today.

I have really missed blogging, it has been like a lifeline for me these past few months and I have lots more to say. I'd love to hear from you and how you are planning to make 2009 your healthiest year yet.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Resolutions and Renewals

I've never really made a New Year's resolution before. Why set myself up for even more failure? But during the last quarter of 2008 I proved to myself that I could make changes and stick to them, so for 2009 I'm making renewals and resolutions. In the spirit of accountability, I'm posting them here. I'm going to track my progress as 2009 goes along.

Renewals
1. Follow the 4 Golden Rules
2. Keep my (and my husband's) health and fitness at the top of my priority list.
3. Keep moving!
4. Banish negative thoughts with my relaxation technique.

Resolutions
1. Read and work the exercises in The Four Day Win.
2. Get out my Yoga book and start practicing.
3. Learn to make homemade vegetable stock. Try new, healthy recipes and make over old favorites to fit my healthy life.
4. Eat a more plant based diet.

This blog has helped me in a way that I can't even begin explain. I want to give a heartfelt thanks to each person who has taken the time to read along. I wish you vibrant health, sublime happiness and all the best for 2009.