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Starbucks addict. Travel aficionado. Music lover. Photographer and Writer. I try to keep things simple, but don't always succeed.

Day 2

0139 hours Most experts agree that eating protein, carbs and a little fat with each meal makes for a well-sated appetite and unfortunately, I know I didn’t eat near the protein yesterday that I should have. So… I get to start this post early in the day because obviously I didn’t eat the proper foods yesterday. (What a sad realization.) So I just got done drinking a cup of Light Chocolate Silk (90) and eating 2 blueberry Eggo Waffles (190) with 1 tsp. of butter . Not quite the well-thought out process, but there is quite a bit of protein in the Silk and the rest should be covered. I’m not quite as hungry now and I think all things considered I should be able to get some sleep. G’Night…

1153 hours. I came home for lunch so that I could 1) not eat at my desk, which is oddly enough what I’m doing at the house and 2) eat some leftover chicken soup which has got to be healthy. And I have to say I had a SMALL portion of the apple/oatmeal concoction. This might make up for the fact that I did cheat this morning and had 5 mini oreo cookies and 3 Giradeli (sp) dark chocolate squares. I consider this progress because I want to eat a whole bag of the big oreo cookies and a Snickers Bar. I don’t know if the two glasses of water I drank at work offset that at all, but any progress is good progress.

Which leads me to Life Lesson #2 Don’t beat yourself up if you slip and fall. The point is to get back up and start right where you left off. You don’t have to wait to make changes till the next day, til a Monday, til the cows come home. Start right then and there to make the changes you want to make.

Health and Fitness #2 I did park as far away from the building today to get some exercise in. Actually, I didn’t. I was forced into it because it’s 21 degrees outside and I got there after the early birds. I did however run to the building from the parking lot and then take the stairs and that’s something positive about exercise that we all can do. Add some umph… take two or three stairs at a time. Going up you will definitely feel the “burn” in your backside.

Secondarily to this burning backside moment or primarily (hard to tell,) I did week one of Bob Harper’s Boot Camp Workout tonight. Felt the burn and worked up a sweat. After I got done, Kyle did the same workout. Solidarity!?!? And frankly, if we both can walk tomorrow it will be a good thing. Tally-ho!

Food and Drink #2 I know I have talked a bit about what I have eaten today. However, I thought I would pass along a few things that you may or may not know about those appetizers we know and love.
1) Worst Dips: Spinach Artichoke: 326 calories and 21 grams of fat!
Brie: 401 calories and 33 grams of fat (This is more fat than 2 jelly donuts
2) Better Choices: Hummus: Avg 240 calories and 14 grams of fat (and protein packed!)
Guacamole: 200 calories and 16 grams of fat (homemade… without oil or sour-cream that’s often added in the store bought kind for thickening.

The one and single most important thing in any lifestyle change is to couple the changes you make with drinking plenty of water. Yes, I have had my 8 cups today and yes, I feel like my bladder has taken a trip down the Mississippi. However, it’s one of two ways to get the toxins you build up in your body out. The other of course is exercise.

An exercise we all need is to become more aware of the majesty of the things around us. I can’t help but marvel at all the colors in the sunrise, the individuality of the snowflakes and the drifting fog that floated overhead this morning. I know some say there is no God. I look at this and say, “Prove to me that there isn’t.” Genesis 1.1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. How awesome.

A final note for the day. Great song to just relax to with a cup of hot tea: “A Place Called Home” by Kim Richey. Check her out and let the cares of the day just wash away.


Day 1

This adventure will be set up a little differently than most. I’m going to be talking about skills for life, fitness and health, parenting, feeding your spirit and a lot more. So lets head into it…

Today I set out to start making some changes. Frankly, I’m not thrilled with the way I’ve been living life and I figure I have 142 days to take care of business. 142 days from today is June 1st and for me is essentially the first day of summer (not the real one, but the one I consider to be it.) This is a good deadline to have new habits in place and enough time to break all the old ones.

Life Skill #1 Too often we get lazy and don’t take care of the things around us that need to be done. Today’s life skill is simple and shouldn’t take too long. Clean out your purse or your wallet. I’ve been wanting to do that for some time and I kept putting it off. It took me about thirty minutes because I swapped out purses twice and wallets and finally figured out what bag I want to carry for the next little bit. This cleaning included getting rid of the excess change in my wallet – that will really weigh down a handbag. Now, I feel a little more organized and better about life.

Health and Fitness #1 Take a long, hot bath or shower. Sounds silly, but take the time to do something for you. Spend some extra time and shave your legs, wash your hair slowly and give your head a massage, deep condition and then when you are squeaky clean, moisturize. My favorite part of the process is a little something called “body butter.” Quite yummy smelling and my skin loves me for it.

I actually opened the new workout DVD’s today and watched them. I didn’t participate, but I wanted to get a feel for what I am going to do. So the tip for now is prepare to move your body. Get your mind in order so that your body will follow.

Food and Drink #1 I hate diet plans that give you strict guidelines of what to do and not do, but when you’ve been living on pizza and ice-cream for quite awhile, the body (and mind) needs some acclimation, or at least mine does. So here’s what I have had to eat today and if you want recipes, I’ll post for you.

Morning: 3 cups of Yogi “Healthy Fasting Tea” with 2tsp of Sucanant in each cup.
I’m trying to wean myself off the little pink packages that have plagued my life and this seems like a good alternative as sucanant is derived from natural sugar cane and not refined which means it still has trace nutrients in it. It also does a pretty good job of not spiking my sugar /insulin response.

Lunch: Home-made Chunky Chicken Vegetable soup // 2 slices of cornbread with butter and for dessert home-made apple / oatmeal dessert.

This desert isn’t too unhealthy. The total recipe has 2 tsp of sucanant and 1/4 cup of brown sugar for the topping. The rest includes apples, a pear, allspice and cinnamon, 2T of butter, oatmeal and 2T of flour.

Afternoon Snack: 2 more cups of the apple dessert.

Honestly, I have a sweet tooth a mile long and today it’s been really hard not to grab the white chocolate bar that is sitting on my dresser in the bedroom.

Dinner: I tried to keep it light and had 1/2 a pear, a cheese stick and another cup and a half of tea. I have had plenty of water today and at the moment I’m okie dokie on the hunger scale. Hopefully this will hold out.

Finally, as this is a life-change that I’m looking for. I felt guilty because I missed church today and making the chicken soup was probably not the best excuse for it. So, I asked the Lord for a good verse in the Bible today and this is what He provided:

Romans 6:14 (New International Version, ©2010)
14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Day one down… 141 days to go. What have you done today to make a change for the better?