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Still Working on That Structure Thing

Tuesday was not a day of accomplishment.  I’m frustrating myself, but it doesn’t help to sit around and whine, so I will try not to…no wait…I just WON’T do it!! 🙂  So there!

I feel that overall I had another good food day.  Breakfast was Chobani Lemon Greek Yogurt and Fiber One.  I love that combination.  I should switch up, just because I need to do that for success at Weight Watchers. 

Lunch was salad again with tofu.  Very tasty.  I added sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds which seemed to make it more filling.  I did get about 5 extra grams of protein from them and I enjoyed the crunchiness.

Dinner was a stir fry.  Trying to finish up some of the produce I have and the millet.  I’m still not sure about the millet.  Guess I’ll have to try it again in a different form.  Maybe an actual recipe would help!  😉  When I opened the container with the leftovers, it was hard as a rock! 😦   I had to pry it out of there.  I mashed it down to spread it out and as usual, I microwaved it for a bit before I put the stir fry over it, and it softened up some then. 

Baby eggplant (which didn’t hold up as well as previous batches), last of some sad mushrooms and sadder grape tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, leftover cannellini beans (that I originally thought were moldy, then realized it was the reflection from the blue lid…duh…)  and garlic.

It all turned into this!

It was very tasty.  I did have a little trouble with snacking last night.  I had clementines, which aren’t a problem.  Very late I had a snacking urge.  I ate some saltines, which are easy to count on WW so I’m not too annoyed with myself, but I wish I hadn’t waisted the points on them.

I am happy that for the second night in a row I exercised at night!  Not formal exercise, but during Glee I marched in place for about 20 minutes.  Basically, I do all the steps that Leslie Sansone uses in the Walk Away the Pounds videos, just in my own combinations.  They’re simple steps, but I do feel my heart rate going up when I’m doing it.  Doing it while watching Glee was even better, because the music made me work a little harder.  I feel good that I’ve done that.  I’m going to try to keep it up.

My meditation practice was good yesterday also and I was even able to fit in some last night.  I liked that.  It made me feel good and I am going keep working at making that part of my routine as well. 

I guess whether I know it or not, I am getting a routine here. I think I like it!

It’s rainy and dreary outside, but I’m not going to let that stop me.  Happy Wednesday!  🙂

Saturdays are for Treats (and Protein)

After my hard-won success at Weight Watchers yesterday, I felt like going out to lunch.  I thought about if for a long time before I suggested it to Ralph.  I wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t gone in a while, someplace I liked.  I suggested Moe’s Southwest Grill.

It’s one of my favorite places and I know they have lots of choices for me.  The only problem was the Chips…remember the chips I gave up for Lent?  So although I came up with the idea of Moe’s quickly, I thought long about the chips…fresh made chips…CHOICES of salsa.  Oh my, what to do?  Since I had settled in my mind on the Tofu Rice Bowl, I figured I was ok because they don’t serve you chips with that and I didn’t have to ask for “no chips” and have to have a long discussion about that in front of the staff.

I decided I would just suggest Moe’s and go from there.  Well as I was researching on-line what the nutritional value would be so that I could calculate the points, (I knew it would be a lot!) and after mentioning to Ralph that I wouldn’t be eating any chips because…blah, blah, blah…he decides to bring up the “fish” issue again.  Why can’t you eat fish, fish don’t have brains (but part of the argument was that they’re “brain food.”  Go figure that one!!)  “Because I don’t want to”  wasn’t taken as a valid reason, the fact that I get plenty of protein from other sources was also not a valid reason.  Fortunately, after a few minutes the discussion was dropped. (whew! she says wiping her forehead with her hand!)

So back to my research.  Moe’s website has to be one of the best ever to look up the nutritional value of your food! Not only do they give you the nutritional label, but they allow you to adjust any personalizations you make to your choice to see how it will change the value.  It’s incredible, especially for a WW member! 🙂

So off we went to Moes!!

(Just noticed the stranger in the photo…him I don’t know.)

I ordered the Tofu Rice Bowl.

I was so excited a few months back when I realized they had added this to the menu.  I actually heard a TV commercial and I was amazed that they would mention Tofu in a commercial.  But I can tell you that it got me into the restaurant! 😉

Still having trouble with all of the “why are you taking pictures of your food?” questions. 

I would have taken more photos of the inside which is very colorful and a lot of fun.  But I got my food and the exterior, so you get the feel.

My rice bowl was delicious. It did cost me 19 points, but I had some of my weekly points left so I was ok. The good news?   Thanks to Moe’s website, I know that in that little bowl of deliciousness I got 32 grams of protein!  Of course being the non confrontational person that I am, I didn’t mention it.  I kept it to myself but I’m keeping in my arsenal of ammunition in case I have to fight the battle again. 

My meditation practice last night went very well.  I felt very focused.  I like doing it in the evening and perhaps that’s because by that time in the day, I need something to calm and focus me.  I am going to try to do it morning and night.  There’s no reason why I won’t be able to do that. 

So I sprang ahead this morning, I’m up early and I have projects.  Spring ahead means that Spring is that much closer.  Have a beautiful Sunday!

Oh Happy Day!

As you can tell from the title of this post, I’ve had a good morning so far.  After spending a week of trying very hard to follow my Weight Watchers program and staying on track with my points, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel this morning and no it wasn’t a train! 😉 

I lost 2 and 3/4 pounds today!!  I felt as if I had done well, but that was more than I expected and of course I was thrilled! 🙂

I think this week was actually a good learning experience for me.  That may sound a little odd considering I have been a WW member for 23 years, but I am serious about it.  I’ve been talking about the fact that one of the things I hope to achieve with my meditation practice is focus.  I was not feeling as if I was bringing things into focus.  Without realizing it, I think the first step in achieving it has been with Weight Watchers. 

Even after all of this experience with WW, I spend many days, just poking around at it; not taking seriously what I’m doing.  I feel that this week I turned a corner there.  I spent a lot of time, figuring what I was going to eat and taking the time to judge what would be the best choice for me. 

So many times, I eat the same things because I either like them or they’re easy or I know how to count them.  This week it seems to me I took more time to actually determine which would be the best choice.  I did get stuck a bit with my new favorite breakfast, oat bran.  I had it every morning this week.  But I realized I need to change it up. 

I think the fact that I’m now tracking the protein I get is making a difference.  Because of that I’m looking at food differently.  I remember learning when I first started WW that it was important that you have protein at breakfast, it satisfies you and sets your body up to burn calories efficiently all day. 

This was my breakfast this morning…

Chobani Fat Free Lemon yogurt and Fiber One Original Cereal.  I’ve often mixed the Fiber One with yogurt before, but I sort of got away from it.  I love Chobani plain but I only tried the flavored ones this week.  I had a peach one earlier in the week.  Peach is one of my favorites.  But Lemon is my real fave.  This was so tasty and I’m excited because I got it on sale and I have a lot of it in the fridge.  I got some of the plain also which is good to make up my own flavors.  I’ll have to get creative and share my new ideas.

This is also very high in protein.  The Fiber One has 2 grams of protein and the Chobani has 15!  So that’s 17 grams of fiber for breakfast!  You can’t argue with that.

Because of going to my WW meeting this morning, I didn’t get to do my meditation practice, but I will do it this evening.  In fact, last week when I did it in the evening, I really enjoyed it.  I wish I could work out my time to do my practice both morning and evening.  I just have to figure out a way.  I think I proved this week that I can figure out a challenge and end with a positive outcome.  I can do it! 🙂  So can you.  Have a great Saturday!

I Can See Clearly Now

I got to work yesterday on the glassware that I unearthed from my kitchen cabinets.  The icky part was that some of it was hidden on top of the cabinets behind that front piece and I didn’t even know it was there!  It was so dusty and dirty I couldn’t believe it.  Should have photographed it, but I wanted to take “positive” photos, of nice clean glassware.  So here goes! 🙂

Pretty, sparkly and CLEAN!!

It’s now living in the back seat of my car so that I can take it to Ele for the Rummage Sale!!

It makes me very happy!  It’s out of my house and it will help the church, so that’s exciting to me.  I still have a few more cabinets to clean out and then I’ll be finished.  I have to keep some things in there, since we still need to eat…we do?!? 😉

Dinner last night was very good and VERY filling!

Garlic, red bell pepper, Cremini mushrooms, cabbage and cannellini beans and grape tomatoes that are starting to wilt.  I had to use the cabbage.  I had bought it for another recipe that I didn’t get to, so I didn’t want it to go to waste.  I love cooked cabbage anyway and don’t always think of it as an addition to a stir fry.  It certainly is economical so it’s a good choice.  My lead in to St. Patrick’s Day perhaps!

The wonderful steaming bowl!  Served over brown rice.

So good and I didn’t need any snacks except a few clementines (Can you guess how many?  3!!)

My meditation practice is still going well.  Each day I feel a little more connected to it.  It is a wonderful way to start the day.  I have to find a way to give it more time.  We’ll see how that goes.

Now it’s Friday,  I feel I’ve had a good week regarding food and I’m looking forward to good results at Weight Watchers tomorrow.  We’ll see what happens, and I’ll share the news…good or bad…but I’ve voting for GOOD!

Happy Friday!

Tea for Four

Isn’t it frustrating when you have the best intentions in the world to get together with friends and it doesn’t seem to happen?  That happens to Ralph and me so often but sometimes it does help to have persistent friends.

Our friends Ed and Tina keep saying we should get together, but Ed is  a take charge kind of guy.  He called Ralph and they set a date. 

So yesterday, we found ourselves here…

The Tea Place in Sewell, NJ.  I’ve been here before and it is so unique and so much fun.

Beautiful hand painted art work.

We had Chelsea Tea and White Tea, both delicious. 

We all started with the butternut squash soup.

It was good, but it needed to be spiced up a bit.  You know that must be true because not only did I add pepper, but I added salt too!  It was warm and I was freezing, so I enjoyed it! 🙂

I then had the Queen Spanish olive with pimento in cream cheese on pumpernickel. 

 It was served with cucumber slaw, a very delicate dressing on thinly sliced cucumbers and onions.  Very Tasty!  Also on the plate were delicious rice crackers that are on sale in the shop itself.  I should have bought some to bring home, but I didn’t. There was one more piece to my sandwich, but I’d already eaten it when I took the photo! 😉

We sat and sat and talked and talked.

Tina and Ed…

Ralph and Me!

Ralph making an editorial comment about being photographed for BCDC!!

We had a lovely, long visit and extra pots of tea.  It was so much fun.  Ed and Tina go to The Tea Place regularly so we’re going to try to get together again sooner rather than later.  There’s also a cigar club in the same shopping center and the guys will probably get together there at some point which means that Tina and I can get together and do girl things!

It was a great visit!

My meditation practice went well in the morning and I feel more connected to it every day.

Since it was Ash Wednesday, I’ve decided what I’m giving up for Lent.  Drumroll please…Chips!  Ok, can I do it?  Ralph told me this morning he’s never stuck to giving up something for Lent.  He doesn’t think I can stick to it.  Sounds like a challenge to me!  Day one! 🙂  Happy Thursday!

Recipes of the World

There was once again, no food photographed yesterday!  I’m frustrated with myself, but I have to say that yesterday seemed like a fully wasted day.  I had no enthusiasm for anything and didn’t even accomplish the reading I had planned.  So this coming week has to get better by comparison!

I have one fun thing to share.  In my process of cleaning out, packing up, etc I made an interesting discovery. 

It’s a cookbook given to me by my best friend ( when she found it too unwieldy to use herself) It has 1000 recipes….From Around The World…it weighs 10 pounds!  I had to know what it weighed, I was thinking 4 or 5…my bathroom scale (which I never use to weigh myself!) said 10!!  It’s incredible!  It has so many recipes in it that it makes my head spin.  But sadly as I always seem to find in vegetarian cookbooks, everything is VERY complicated.  There are tons of “those” ingredients that you’ve never heard of, can’t pronounce, can’t find and you need a sixteenth of a teaspoon.  They also give you no alternate ingredient in case you can’t find it.  I have come across a few lately that do give alternates of more ordinary ingredients which helps a lot. 

If I ever get to the point where I do my own cookbook, you can bet it will have easy, regular ingredients or if it’s something out of the ordinary, it will have alternates!

So although I’m looking forward to traveling through the “recipes of the world” I’m sure I will be looking for shortcuts and I can already tell by what I’ve read, that I’ll be making attempts to lighten them up.  So many times, I use cookbooks for ideas only.  But I do hope some day to share my favorites with you. 

I do have some to share this week in my effort to get myself back on track and to prove that I get a sufficient amount of protein.  Ralph tells me I need to eat fish because I don’t get enough protein without it.  I try to nicely say I’m doing well when it comes to protein, but I don’t think he believes me. 

I’m on a quest to find out exactly how much protein a person needs on a daily basis.  One website had me calculate my weight by a formula and it told me 62 grams per day.  That sounds like a lot to me.  I need to do more research on this and try to figure it out.  I now have another project, I’m calculating my points AND my protein grams.  🙂  Just what I need, another project!

Day 7 of meditation practice was good yesterday, but the last few days I’ve been having difficulty focusing. That’s what meditation is for though, to teach us to focus.  That’s my plan.  I’d like to fit some more practice in each evening too.  I’ll have to work on that. 

I have high hopes for this week in so many ways.  Happy Monday!

Sunday is a Day of Rest

Rainy day today.  Fortunately, we don’t have to go anywhere.

Dinner at Ele’s was great last night!  She’s still teaching me how to make her macaroni and cheese.  I think I finally have it straight.  First time that I make it on my own, the recipe will be shared. It is so delicious and truly very easy.  Of course I’m on a mission to lighten it up, I’m always on that mission! 🙂  Little Michael was there and of course that added to the fun.  He’s such a great little boy.  So glad he’s ours!

I must say I probably had more macaroni and cheese than I should have but it really is the best.  ( I better stop talking about it or I’ll be in the kitchen trying it, recipe or not!) Ele served it with healthy broccoli and that made me feel honorable!  There will be no mention of the 2 brownies I ate. 

Why no photos?  I shouldn’t worry when it’s just family, but actually since I was having my cooking lesson, I didn’t think about it.  Tomorrow’s post will be chock full of photos.  I promise! 😉

My plan today is to cook a nice dinner with things in the freezer (still on my quest to clean it out!) and tomorrow, I’ll be making a wonderful soup recipe from the leftover barbecue beans (which have been living in the freezer.)

I’m so excited with all of my finds from the rummage sale.  I didn’t bring them home, they’re still lurking in the storage room at the church, but I’ll bring them home when we have the next sale.  I don’t need another box sitting around here especially since most of my treasures will be for the house in NM.  I’ll post photos of them when I bring them home.

I definitely missed doing my meditation practice in the morning yesterday.  But Day 6 worked out just fine because I did it in the evening.  Interesting thing was that my body was much more flexible than it usually is in the morning.  I think I may try to do my practice morning and evening.  We’ll see how that works out.  I do need to try to get more exercise in because of my WW transgression yesterday morning.  It’s all a matter of scheduling, but I can work it out.  Both are pieces of my life that are important and if something is really important to you, you’ll fit it in.  That’s what I used to tell my WW members when I lead my classes and they complained that the program took too much time to follow.  If it means enough to you, you’ll follow it.  It means enough to me.  I have a new and improved plan for myself for the coming week.  I want that smile back on my face next Saturday and I want to be FREE!!! 🙂  See I’m smiling already!  Have a lovely Sunday~

Saturday Is The Day!

The day for what?  I don’t know, but it might as well be the day! 

Lots of work at the rummage sale yesterday.  We were all set for them to start this morning.  When I got home, I found out from Ralph that we would be having dinner with his son Bill and our grandsons Alex and Patrick.  I always love it when we get together with them. 

We went to the Seven Star Diner.  That’s where I had the salad as big as my head and the cookie to match it about a month ago.  Only had the salad this time!  Lots of spinach, mushrooms, red onions, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.  Very tasty and lots of fun with Bill and the boys.  Got home and pretty much fell to sleep as soon as I got home at about 9pm.

Woke up to this unique sunrise…

Got to Weight Watchers and sadly, I was not a happy Lifetime member since I gained 1 and 3/4 pounds and had to pay!! 😦 Very frustrating since I thought all week I was doing fairly well.  Today is a new week and I will do better!!

After WW, our little group- Kristen, Pat and Debbie and I went off to the rummage sale to…rummage!  Everybody bought something, except me because I bought everything yesterday!! 😉

We went to the Country House Restaurant for breakfast.  I had a wonderful bowl of oatmeal.  I think they make one of the best bowls of oatmeal in this area.  Very yummy plain with cinnamon and Splenda.  Good coffee too.  We sat for a while and enjoyed our chat.

I missed my morning meditation practice today because of having to be at WW so early.  I’m planning to do it this evening.  I have to be honest…I missed it.  I think that’s probably a good thing, it’s becoming a part of my life and I miss it when it’s not there.  I have 35 days to go and I don’t plan to miss a day.  Day or night doesn’t matter, I just have to do it.

Off now to get back to the rummage sale to help and see what the rest of the day holds. The sun is shining!! Have a beautiful day!

Happy Friday!

I feel that Thursday was a good food day, which hopefully will translate to a smile on my face on Saturday morning at Weight Watchers. 🙂

However, no pixels were harmed in the production of this post because I photographed NOTHING! 😦  Some days I just don’t get to it.  I’m working on it…as I’ve said before it’s a process (is that one of those jargon phrases I hate?  I think it might be…I’ll have to work on something new!)

Breakfast was good with oats, ground flax-seed, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice (yum!) and Almond Breeze (also yum!).  Very simple.  Very satisfying.  Oatmeal always seems to hold be for a long time, which is a good thing.

Lunch, also simple and easy.  Leftover egg salad from the other day in my beloved Ole tomato and basil tortilla wraps.  I’m almost out so they must go on the shopping list.  These are so great!  Only 1 point on WW and you can fill them with almost anything.  I have to start to get more creative with what I add.  They are little wonders!  I usually make 2 and it almost never becomes a high point lunch.  🙂

Dinner was a stir fry of deliciousness.  Olive oil and garlic ( I don’t know any other way to start one!)  Baby eggplant, red bell pepper, the last of the cremini mushrooms and the last 😦 of the Trader Joe’s Soycutash (corn and edamame.)  Looks like another road trip will be in my future soon.  (Boy, now that I don’t have to drive the highways every day, I really hate driving on them.  But I think Trader Joe’s is probably worth it!)  Lots of spices, black pepper, Mrs. Dash, and I had gotten a sample in the mail of Bragg’s nutritional yeast “seasoning.”  I have to believe that is not the same as nutritional yeast.  I hear other bloggers saying how tasty and cheesy the nutritional yeast is when added to dishes.  I don’t think I could taste the difference from my other spices.  I’ll have to do some research on that.  I can’t seem to find nutritional yeast anywhere.  I’ll probably have to order it.

Snacks were good too.  I only had 3 clementines (why do I always eat 3?) after dinner.  I must confess that late last night (I think it was actually about 1am,)  Ralph came in, we were watching TV and he said he needed candy.  He asked me if I like 3 Musketeers (how LONG have we been together?!?)  I said yes and he brought in 2 of the mini bars.  I gave one back, he gave it to me again and I gave it back again.  I ate 1, not 2.  It was a struggle, but I have to say I really enjoyed just that one!  It was a struggle to hold my ground, but I did!   I’m proud of myself for that, but what am I doing eating candy at 1am?!?  Yikes!

Day 4 of my meditation practice went well.  I love my altar that I set up,

 I love my mala that I made.

 I’m proud of myself for getting this all set up and I didn’t spend a lot of money.  Thrift is a wonderful thing!

Speaking of thrift, there’s a rummage sale calling my name…off to rummage!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Thursday Already?

I awoke to this pretty sight this morning..

On Wednesday, I started the day with my meditation practice and Day 3 went well.  A little more on that later.

I had started working on my sorting project for the day, an avalanche of stuff on one of my dressers in the bedroom and another pile of previously ignored debris among the packing boxes. (gee…that was a long sentence!) 

I was doing well, when Ralph got a call from someone he’s done some consulting work for before.  He wanted to meet us for lunch to discuss something.  Where did Ralph suggest…In A Pickle!!  Ok, enough already!  I’m only kidding.  The meeting went well, I had their Caesar salad.  On their pickle bar which I’ve shown you before, they also have roasted red peppers.  I snagged a big cup full and added them to the Caesar.  Really makes it yummy.  Ralph took care of business and we were off. 

We got back home and I did actually get back to my project.  I was able to get rid of a lot of legitimate trash ( why do I save those CVS receipts?!?), junk mail (how does it get to the bedroom?) and all those “extra” buttons left from clothes I donated months ago!  I found some more candidates for the church rummage sale on Saturday.  My pile is growing and I’m excited to be able to donate things for a worthy cause.

Dinner couldn’t have been simpler.  Pasta with jarred sauce.  Sounds like cheating.  Ralph told me after dinner that when I asked him if that would be ok for dinner he was not enthused although he didn’t say that to me.  As we were eating (and watching TMZ!) he suddenly said “look at my bowl.”  I looked and it was empty!  He commented on the fact that he finished before I did.  Then he told me that it was a whole lot tastier than he thought it would be.  I told him that’s because it was made with love.  It took a while to get him up after he rolled on the floor!  😉

I mentioned earlier in the week I was attempting to set up a little altar for my morning meditation.  The photos aren’t the best and please do NOT look at the bookcase next to it…that debris has not yet been addressed, but I love it!

This shelf is one of my great yard sale finds.  I got it for $7 and the yard sale was just down the street so I don’t even have to factor in gas.  I’ve had it for several years and it just collected stuff (doesn’t everything in my house!??!) Now it serves a wonderful purpose.  In the last photo, you can see the stool I was talking about earlier in the week.  It all just lives at the foot of our bed.  I can get up early (before Ralph wakes up) and do my practice.  I just have to hope he doesn’t smell the matches when I light the candles! 😉

So, now it’s Thursday already.  I’m not sure yet what my project will be today.  I know there are a ton of dishes waiting for me.  That blasted maid never does her job!  Another reason to look forward to moving to New Mexico…I’ll have a dishwasher there! 😉  The Big Bang Theory is on tonight!!  Happy Thursday!