Tag Archives: recipes

A Moderate Life

6 Sep

Hello friends! My weekend in Atlanta was amazing. I visited my best friend and niece and nephew who I don’t get to see very often. We’re only around 5 hours away, but you know how it goes life tends to get in the way. It was so good catching up and just spending time together. We didn’t go out much, I made her promise me no mall trips since hopefully I wouldn’t be able to wear any new clothes I would have bought for long anyways! On a side note, this has ignited quite a shoe obsession in me! (My new Tom’s are super cute, and for every pair sold they donate a pair to a child in need, so how can you go wrong!?)

I did pretty well sticking with my eating plan while away- I did eat out most of the time that I was there, but I watched my portion sizes and paid close attention to what I was ordering. The only time I felt guilty was when we went to On the Border one evening and I had a little more than I needed. I didn’t completely blow it, but I knew it was more than I should have had. I weighed Monday after we got back and didn’t feel too bad, I had only gained about a pound and a half. And hey, this was a special occasion, right?

On the way to Atlanta, my  mom brought a devotional that I had actually purchased for her since she travels so much. One of the tracks talks about how in today’s world we have an abundance of choices. We have endless choices on what to eat, what to wear, what to drive, what house to buy, what color paint to use in the bathroom. But, have all these choices created a happier society? No.  Life is getting better, but people are more unhappy. We always want the newest, the latest, the prettiest, the best. There are always Jones’ to keep up with, and we run the rat race trying to do it. BUT- psychological studies have shown that getting that thing that we desired so much, whether it be the house down the road, the new car in the neighbor’s driveway or the diamond watch you’ve had your eye on DOES NOT equal happiness. We may think that the new outfit will bring us happiness, but once its ours, we are no more happy than before. These are psychological studies, not spiritual mind you. I just found this so interesting, and reflecting on my life, I really do live a life of indulgence. If I want it, I buy it/eat it/get it. And this lifestyle has not been healthy for me.  My goal is really to live a life of moderation. In all aspects, not just food. I don’t need the newest, latest, prettiest, best.  What I do need is to be truly thankful and happy for what I have and let that be enough.

I Have a Sponser

1 Sep

Tonight I believe I’ve made one of the most important steps since I’ve started this program of OA and adopting a new and healthier lifestyle. I called a lady from my OA group that I both respect and admire and asked her to be my sponser. We had just a brief talk tonight, but already I feel like it was a step in the right direction. It’s nice knowing there is someone there that’s been through all of what I’ve been through and is willing to hold my hand through the process. She gave me a couple of things to get started on, and I’m glad that I procrastinated on completing my Step 4 inventory because she said not to work the steps just yet, we’ll get to that later on- together. So see people, procrastination isn’t always a bad thing! 😉

 On a completely different subject- I have to tell you about my new obsession- Greek yogurt. Let me start by saying that I tried several different brands of Greek yogurt and found all of them equally disguisting. I really thought that it was suppose to smell (and taste) like it had gone bad a week ago.  I finally gave up on it and decided I would just continue to hate it for the rest of my life. That was until my friend Kelly bought me a container of Greek Gods yogurt (with honey). This stuff is AH-mazing! I love love luuuhh-vvee it! This morning I was running late to work and didn’t have time to mix a smoothie- so I mixed a little Greek yogurt with some Kashi granola ceral and voile- heaven in a bowl! Seriously, try it- it’s delicious. So, thank  you Kelly for my new love!

On A Lighter Note

29 Aug

So tonight, while enjoying my dinner (2 scrambled eggs with potatoes and onions browned in EVOO)- I see this poor little face staring back at me. Meet my doggie, Chopstix  🙂

               <——————YUMMY!

                                                                                             Chopstix —————->

A Tough Realization

29 Aug

Whew! I’ve been mulling over how to complete this step 4 inventory for two days. My hand reluctantly holding the pen, I just can’t manage to make myself write the words. Once they are there, in permanent ink, the words will become so real. Not just the words, but my actions. Right now when those memories start to resurface, I can just push them wayyy back to the back of my mind where I don’t have to “own” up to them. But, once they’re in writing, they become a part of me, a part that I don’t want to be, a part of me that I don’t want you to know. A part of me that I don’t want ME to know. I don’t want to admit how important food has been in my life. I don’t want to own up to the fact that it has consumed me for 30 years. And I shutter to think that I’ve isolated friends and family- those that have always stood by me, for my “fix”. You see, if I’m alone, no one has to know what I’m eating, no one is there to judge me for it. So, being alone for me, was comforting. But you never judged me did you? This was yet another lie I led myself to believe so I could be alone with my addiction.

Tonight’s dinner: cream of chicken and rice florentine

22 Aug

Tonight I made a yummy (and healthy!) chicken, rice and mushroom soup for dinner. Soups aren’t usually very hard to make and can be adjusted pretty easily to your dietary needs and particular taste. I also like that it  usually makes enough for lunch for a couple of days!  Here’s the recipe:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1lb of skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 1/2 c. finely chopped onions

package of fresh mushrooms, sliced

1/2 c shredded carrot (I was out of carrots)

1 tablespoon minced garlic (I used garlic powder)

1 cup uncooked long-grain rice

1 14.5 oz. can reduced sodium chicken broth

1 c. water

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (didn’t have this, I used allspice)

2 12-oz cans fat free evaporated milk and

                 2 tablespoons flour

1. In a dutch oven or large pot heat oil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium. Add chicken; cook 12 minutes or unit no longer pink. Transfer chicken onto a plate to cool. Once cool, shred chicken with forks.

2. Meanwhile, and onions, mushrooms, carrot and garlic to dutch oven; cook 5 min. stirring occasionally. Stir in rice; cook 1 min. more. Add broth, the water, nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 15 min.

3. In a small bowl stir together 1 can evaporated milk and the flour; stir mixture into dutch oven. Stir in the remaining evaporated milk until bubbly.

4. Stir in chicken and simmer 5 min.

Hope you enjoy!

Can a get a #1, extra mayo, no lettuce?

22 Aug

This would be my typical meal. A numberwhatever from a fast food joint. Filled with sodium, fat and lots of calories (it makes me a little nauseous to imagine eating that now).  Now I know at the moment I don’t look as if I’ve changed my ways much, BUT the way I FEEL speaks volumes.

It’s been just over 2 weeks since I’ve cut soft drinks, sweet tea, boxed/canned foods (for the most part), sugar, flour and most simple or empty carbs (bread, cakes, pastries, cookies, etc) from my diet. Within these two weeks I’ve lost about 15lbs. and already starting to feel better. I drink only water, unsweetened tea and sometimes a small glass of skim milk. Water sometimes just doesn’t cut it at 6:30am! I’ve noticed with just this change, my skin looks better. More glowy, not as splotchy, and not as dry. A nice added bonus to the weight loss. I also have more energy. I work a full time job and usually after work I would crash on the couch for the evening flipping through the channels and moving as little as possible. Now I just feel like doing more- I’m not gonna lie- I’m not running a marathon after the work day, but I’m coming home, cooking dinner, cleaning up the dinner dishes, doing laundry, tidying up. Sure, I’ll still wind down and flip on the TV, but I’m not stuck there for the evening. Eating healthy sure isn’t convenient, or cheap, but so far, the benefits are outweighing the negatives.