Sunday, July 5, 2015

Reprogram Yourself

"If you don't like the results you are getting............start by programing your heart and choosing what you think......"  
Joyce Meyer

This passage from Joyce's book, Power Thoughts Devotional, have been spinning around in my head the last several days.  I have had a rough week with my stomach.  At the beginning of the week I felt like hey I got this under control....then I took some risks with all the wrong foods...and guess what...I feel horrible again.  

So now I am back to restricting what I eat.  I started reading, Intuitive Eating, this week.  I have read half of the book.  I agree with the authors....dieting has got me nowhere.  I lose the weight for a short period of time but then I gain it back plus more.  
The question they ask in the beginning of the book is, What kind of eater are you???
This is a hard question for me to answer because I can see elements of all types in me.  I am a careful eater during the day because I have to be out in public.  I eat only the selected foods that I know are safe for me (chicken, carrots, eggs, roast and spinach) because I know I will not have any issues with those foods.

However, when I get home I am starving and I know I don't have to be around people so I will start to binge eat on anything, especially food I can just grab and continue to work on my computer and eat.  I don't care much how I will feel while I eat the food until I don't feel good.  Then all the fake promises begin to come forth.  I promise tomorrow to eat healthy, as soon as I finish this bag of cookies I will begin to eat healthy.  

"If you don't love it, don't eat it, and if you love it savor it."

This week I made some gluten free muffins for snack time.  I ate them because ...... well.... I made them.  They weren't bad, however they weren't good.  Instead of making me full they just made me crave more food.  It took five days to realize this.  They made me crave a real muffin and I ended up buying one and eating it.  Three days later my stomach is finally starting to feel better.  

"Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel good."

I know this book is about giving up diets and not worrying about diets but I do need to worry about healthy choices.  I do need to worry about finding foods that are good for me and foods that will keep me happy and healthy.  Instead of worrying about how much weight I lose I need to focus on how I feel.  

So I need to work on reprograming my mind, I need to move away from measuring my success in pounds to days where I am not experiencing bloating, heartburn and gas.  I feel if I can have more good days then bad, maybe someday the pounds will come off as well.    

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Repurposed Baskets


I am always looking for little projects that improve our space even a little bit.  I especially enjoy the project if I can make the improvement without spending money.  
This is the bottom shelf of my craft closet.  I purchased the clear containers at Target because I thought it would be nice to see what is in them.  However it makes the shelves look cluttered and unorganized.  So I decided to put the things in white baskets. The problem is I need to purchase the white baskets.

As I was exercising Monday I spied these baskets laying in our overflow area.....You know the space where you put things that no longer have a home in your house.
The problem with the baskets is that they don't match.  Yes I like my things to match.  I think the shape of the baskets is perfect for for the shelves.  I decided to spray paint the baskets white.  I wasn't sure if you could spray paint baskets.....and 
  it turns out you can.  Now I just need to buy one basket.  I think this give a cleaner look.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites -- July 3

This week I am searching for ideas for what we can do when we go to Michigan in two weeks.  We are heading to Traverse City.  Our main reason for going is to drop our daughter off at her friend's house, however I know it is a beautiful place.  My husband and I are not the time to sit around and enjoy the view and read.  OK, maybe I would do that, but my husband would never sit still. So I need to find some activities for us to do.

Our number one thing to do is ride our bikes. There are some great bike paths.  The longest one is the Leelanau Trail which is 17 miles.  I hope we have nice weather because it sounds like a great path.  
We love to stop at Winery's.  Black Star Farms was named Michigan's best Winery so I think it is worth stopping at.   There is also a restaurant so it may be a nice lunch or dinner spot.   
There is shop in town that looks like a cute place to stop. It sells pretty much anything CHERRIES, Cherry Republic.
At the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park I found another bike path.  Yeah!   This one is 27 miles.  We can stop and see the dunes while we are there as well.  


Monday, June 29, 2015

Setting A Positive Tone for the Day

This morning as I was reading the book, Power Thoughts Devotional, the topic was getting up in the morning and being positive.  That is what I have been trying to do this summer, establish a new morning routine that I can carry through into the school year.  I still wake up early, because my husband is going to work every morning.  The first thing I do is read a quote from this book and then we do morning stretches.  

Then I workout on the elliptical machine or bike outside.  Next is breakfast,  Yeah I love to eat!  
Fruit Smoothie
1.  2 large scoops of Green Valley Organic Lactose Free yogurt
2.  1 cup of So Delicious (Low Sugar) coconut milk
3.  1 fresh bananas
4.  5-8  frozen strawberries
5.  Blend together!!!
**Sometimes I add 1/4 cup of blueberries.

The Paleo Banana Muffin recipe I found at Sweet Basil 'n Spice. 

This helps my morning start out right.  I have a lot of energy and I love eating the smoothies.  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

God's Good Plan for My Life

I was reading Joyce's inspiration for today and it reminded me that I need to be strong and just write.  This post has been on my mind for awhile.  I don't like to air my dirty laundry on the internet however you will notice a change in my blogging.  You may have even noticed that I haven't blogged much since January.  I have been dealing with an illness, it affects my daily life.  Shhh...don't tell anyone but last year I turned 50 and with that brings the dreaded colonoscopy and because of all my stomach issue I had an endoscopy too. Of course they found some things that were not right.  The doctors have recommended that I eat, gluten free, dairy free, and citrus free.  

What....ok gluten free was not that hard I was close to that already,  but no cheese, pudding, oranges and tomatoes.  This is another matter all together.  The doctor recommended that I look into the FODMAP diet which then led me to Wendy (a nutritionist) which introduced me to the SCD diet.  After months of confusion and frustration with food and some serious medicine, I an eating somewhere between the two diets thanks to Wendy.  

Where I am now....God's Good Plan for My Life....I may not know what the exact plan is however I am on a journey.  I believe that I can work through this and find a lifestyle that will be healthy for me.  

I have made a firm commitment to eat healthy within the SCD/FODMAP guidelines daily.  I am prepared to have the courage to eliminate extra sugar from my diet.  I will not purchase candy or gluten free cookies at the store, this includes mint lifesavers.  I promise to adhere to this framework in order to be healthy.  

What does healthy mean to me:
1.  I can go to new places without taking meds.
2.  I will eat only foods that are healthy for me so I will not have to deal with issues later.  
3.  I also want to lost 37 pounds and reduce my high blood pressure and maybe even discontinue taking that medicine. 

I know that God has given me this challenge and I need to do my best to complete this journey.  My reward with be a happy , healthy life with my family.