It’s the weekend! Usually this means a drastic change in routine, but since it is summer, the fun just continues. Saturday I started the day with muesli, mana bread with almond butter and coffee. I went to Curves and then came home to start my CLEANING REGIME! I am determined to sort through, clean, recycle, toss, and organize everything in my house. I will get it condensed to a reasonable amount of “stuff” so that I am prepared for all possible outcomes to our housing nightmare. This is why I need strength and control.
Speaking of control, I am finding that I very much enjoy the structure and control of exercise when SOMEONE ELSE IS TELLING ME WHAT TO DO! I have figured out that that is why I like the peaceful bliss of yoga (my teacher tells me what to do pose by pose), Curves (the recording tells me when to change stations in the large oval circuit, and Couch To 5k which tells me when to run and walk. I have far too much on my mind to add exercise directions, but I am a willing participant.
I continued the rest of my Saturday with a lunch of salad with grilled chicken, a snack of almonds and a special dinner out. We met my cousins in Santa Monica at Real Food Daily where I had the yummy Pizza ya can Eat-za, which is a cornmeal crust with sun-dried tomato pesto, tomatoes, spinach, soy mozzarella cheese, basil served with kale and cannelini beans. This place is great when on the detox cleanse because everything on the menu is basically OK. There are a few sugary items and I admit to having a couple of bites of soy ice cream-while not sweetened with sugar, was sweetened with molasses bits, I believe. I really didn’t desire more than a bite, which is very unusual for me. I had water with lemon and Egyptian Mint Green Tea after eating. Success!
"Pizza ya can eat-za" from Read Food Daily
Today I started with scrambled egg and onions, berries and mana bread. I then went for a great hike with a friend Jill, in Red Rock Canyon. This was a little more than 2 miles, and Charlie came along. He was pretty pooped by the end of the hike and happy to get back to Jill’s. Jill treated me to a lunch/snack of fruit and a cottage cheese/flax oil blend which we had like a spread/dip with rice cake. This was a very sustaining snack. At home I had a little evening snack of left over “pizza” from last night and a few almonds. Dinner will be light.
I have completed the first week! What have I learned?
1. Be prepared.
2. Keep great food in the house.
3. Eat small portions.
4. Drink your water!
5. Keep busy and exercise.
Today the word is accept and I have been hearing that word lately in various settings. For example: don’t resist, find contentment and basically accept the place you are in. I am working on this on many levels.
For one thing, I am accepting my new food menu. Today started with the delicious Muesli I made last night. It was a great way to start the day and was fresh and gave me a lot of energy.
I made a special lunch of a corn tortilla with a slice of turkey and slices of organic, raw milk cheese which I put under the broiler for just a few minutes. I added a touch of salsa and…fantastic! unfortunately Charlie was in the kitchen with me, so no picture. I think I have found a solution to that though, tonight I gave him a bite of chicken right after snapping a picture and he seems content.
Dinner was a fresh green salad topped with broiled chicken which was just perfect after my 30 minute run/walk at the gym.
Dinner: fresh salad with broiled chicken
I just had to try the recipe for peanut butter banana muffins and they were yummy. I added the cacao bits for an extra treat. It is nice to know I can have some treats. I ate it with raspberries, boysenberries and strawberries.
Peanut Butter Banana Muffin with a little extra treat.
I am going to work on accepting where I am and really try to be open to opportunities and change. Change is not always a bad thing, it can lead to something positive. It is time to stop resisting and to accept where I am in my life now. This also means accepting those in my life for who they are and trying to stop attempting to change the habits of others. That’s a tricky one, but I am going to give it a shot. Wish me luck!
Well, well, I am learning new things every day. Today I am learning about probiotic and how they help you digestion. I am not talking the run-of-the-mill yogurt, but actually kefir, sauerkraut and a supplement. I am trying to find my favorite and I am all about the easy way out. If I am going to stick to something, it has to be easy, pretty quick and convenient. I am preparing my food ahead of time and putting a little planning into organizing my food so I can find what I need quickly and just grab it and eat it.
I am thinking about my second to last power word: trust. Trust is not just about trusting other people, it is also about trusting yourself. Trust is a challenging thing because we can never really know what is inside the mind of another person and small lies slip easily from the tongue. We hope we can trust ourselves, but sometimes it is as if we have two personalities: the trustworthy and the sneaky. The trustworthy is there deep down, all the time but the sneaky one likes to do what ever it wants to do, be that eating foods that don’t promote health, or lying around instead of exercising. My challenge is to find the ability to trust myself to do something that is really good for me. It is putting the immediate urges aside for the long-term good. I feel better after only 4 days because I am lighter and working hard to do everything I can do to make this 21 days very worthwhile.
Today I started the day with lemon water and Curves and then had my eggs and onions breakfast. I had a short swim and then salad with a little tuna for lunch. Snack, a hand full of almonds. Lots of water! An hour-long walk with a friend and then veggies and rice left from last night. I ended the evening with a Relax and Renew Yoga class at the gym, taught by my favorite teacher. Ahhhhhhhh! Now I am going to try the Old Fashioned Muesli recipe to prepare for tomorrow’s breakfast.
It is time to act, my power word of the day. In order to succeed I have to act and make my success. What does that mean? It means being prepared, stocking my kitchen, portioning my food and planning my exercise so I can make it happen everyday. Action requires doing and if I keep busy, keep moving, keep tracking my food and preparing what I need to eat, I will succeed.
Act implies doing something to make something happen. It is our choice to either let things happen or make things happen so why not chose the outcome your want and then create it? Action often requires steps from point A to point B and once we learn to become the creators of our own lives, great changes can happen.