August 6, 2017
...my second day back on the nutritious wagon, but I still lost about 20 pounds this summer with out denying myself, for real !! I have cooked and baked (look at my blog recipes/dates) and eaten what I wanted pretty much when I wanted, and I still lost weight. WHY?
Probably because I didn't over eat and I was busy with wonderful good stuff (family, my girl teens, and blogging, and caring for my home) and therefore I ate when I was HUNGRY, but it was/is summer vacation so I could eat when I wanted.............that means there were no incidents of STARVING which happen during the school year (impending diet challenge to avoid).
Worth noting here that the reason I am back on the, "nutritious wagon," is >because of a blog that I read a few days ago<. It encouraged me. It inspired me to start making better choices, and to stop my FUN YUMMY baking. Well at least slow it down or turn on INFREQUENT mode.
Yesterday I ate pretty good:
10 cups of weak black coffee
one slice oat-nut bread with almond butter
homemade split pea soup
6 ritz crackers
Today, Aug, 6:
weak black coffee
spoon almond butter
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Then continued on the thin to medium size the rest of my life, until my 50's, I was maybe getting from medium to quite full figured, maybe?? Oh, who am I kidding? Some of those stupid charts would have classified me as obese. I hate those charts! Anyway I had gained weight slowly and to loose this recent 20 pounds allowed me to get into jeans that I had not worn in 8 or 11 years !!
After this wonderful salad I was still hungry. Uh-oh. So I ate a spoon of almond butter, and continued to work on my 10 cup pot of weak black coffee. (I LOVE COFFEE........... if it's weak and black.)
Speaking of the almond butter:
I am watching this jar carefully. So far it has served my daughter and I four or five times, and it is not quite half used up. The jar cost around $6, so a reasonable estimate is that we can get 10 meals or snacks out of it. YES it is about double the price of peanut-butter, but I chose it for health, and I do like the taste a lot. Anyway when you divide the $6 by 10, that brings the price with in reason and this is just an estimate. One slice of bread toast with almond-butter on it, makes a good breakfast around here and when you compare $.60 or $1.00 to the cost of breakfast at a convenience store, restaurant, or even breakfast at our SCHOOL............... I can tell you I CHOOSE THIS..... breakfast from my own jar of semi-expensive almond-butter. Something to think about sisters! Maybe you can afford better nutrition than you think.
Yes, the spoon of almond butter filled me up. Now I am satisfied ("Thank you God.") and I am proceeding to my housework. Trying to get a grip on out of control stock of family photos............. and then move on to clean and organize my son's bedroom, and oh, I gave my closet to my husband years ago, thinking it would help him to KEEP HIS CLUTTER there....... so I actually had no closet until my son moved out so I need to work on MY STUFF again..........That is for another blog someday, in-case you are wondering. Let me just say, "mobile hanging rack." Anyway, I have more than enough to keep me busy around here.
"Thank you God for energy, and blog readers with which to share, because it has HELPED ME LOOSE 20 pounds !!"
split pea soup
7 Ritz crackers
1/2 cup apple juice
*smoothie made of: 2 cups vanilla soy milk, 2 heaping spoons of Ovaltine (chocolate protein mineral powder), 2 heaping spoons ground flax seed
*1 tablespoon kernels corn- popped and garnished with 1/2 T. coconut oil and seasalt, another 1/2 cup apple juice
My snacks weren't the BEST, but it all is an improvement to previous days.
I think this format is not practical for journaling. I think I will experiment with long hand writing on paper, and taking a picture of my handwritten documentation. I would love to hear good ideas you have recently been encouraged by, in the comments.
Did I get all my work done? Of course not. It is Sunday afternoon. I got the living room cleared of clutter, and I visited with best friend from high school, Anna. Blessings to you all, until next time 🌺🌸
Oh, motivation and information from dear friend Anna, and her cousin who is a practicing doctor............ Now I realize there is always going to be someone to disagree with you on nutrition when you draw a line. I have one friend who is convinced that everyone would be healthier if they would go vegetarian (plants) all the way. I am going to line up with another philosophy/idealogy that my friend Anna and her cousin take............ I can even eat organ meats and real butter (all in moderation) but what I REALLY should CUT OUT is the white flour and bakery products or processed foods!
YIKES! Can't say this is all new news to me, but YIKES. Remember I just climbed back on the nutritious wagon, so this cramps my style just now. I am looking back, yearning, watering at the mouth, thinking of alternatives.
Must focus on good food, nutritious food, make by God. Oh I WILL splurge on special occasions, (and have my bakery goods, make my bakery goods) and say, "Glory to God for this WONDERFUL DELICIOUS TASTE!" but yet I have started on the path to pursue nutrition and health.
Yes, my visit to the doctor and initiation on to vitamin B-12 started the turn of direction, >go here if you missed this article< . Reading that article >this book review post< encouraged me further.
This evening, I took my vitamin B-12 under the tongue and am planning my vegetable egg breakfast. Don't know why..........just want it for a change. Will not admit that I'd like a cinnamon roll or piece of coffee cake. Oh can hardly wait to my birthday (November). Will dream of it for months. Will I manage??
Will be figuring this blog endeavor out as I go. Have a wonderful blessed walk in the Sonshine, until next time.........
Aug. 7, 2017
Well darn. How did my thinking evolve to "make better choices," to no refined or wheat flour baked products?? I am not loving this, but I am mostly determined, for my health.
You know that this morning I really wanted something normal, but instead I had this with my coffee, and I am looking forward to a creative nutritious lunch.
Mashed half banana with plain boiled oatmeal, sprinkled with cinnamon like royal caveman of rain forest may have. I know I am being ridiculous. Well anyway, it wasn't so bad. I'd give a good solid 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being sweet watermelon or three-layer chocolate delight (some of my favorite things!). Its taste makes a passing grade. Now on with my day.
For me, brain challenge, spiritual peace, helps me make good choices and not eat out of some form of boredom or desire to feed for pleasure above nutrition........... I need to eat for nutrition! Mission accomplished in this breakfast and now on to my brain challenges, with Sonshine, I go. Wishing you the same.
Tammy @ Grandma Mary Martha
lunch: wreath salad which I am working on a blog about.