Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Food is so primal, so essential a part of our lives,
often the mere sharing of recipes with strangers
turns them into good friends. ~Jasmine Heiler
Thigh meat makes these tacos especially moist, but you can use breast meat instead. Serve with Pico de Gallo or Tomatillo Salsa.
1 teaspoon chili powder
Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl; rub spice mixture over chicken.
Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes on each side or until done. Let stand 5 minutes; chop.
4 servings (serving size: 3 tacos)
CALORIES 329(34% from fat); FAT 12.5g (sat 3.5g,mono 3.5g,poly 2.9g); PROTEIN 27.4g; CHOLESTEROL 86mg; CALCIUM 109mg; SODIUM 466mg; FIBER 3.9g; IRON 1.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 29.4g
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
It all comes down to choice. It's about what I want most in life versus what I want most at the moment. And it's so hard to remember that when the junk food calls my name. So I have to stay conscious enough to stop the forward momentum, allowing myself time to think about my choice.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
be afraid only of standing still. ~ Chinese Proverb
I'm joining this particular challenge because its focus is on GETTING HEALTHY. This journey should not be all about the number on the scale, although that certainly is one indicator of success. There are SO many more ways I know I'm succeeding:
- the heartburn/GERD disappears when I'm eating healthy;
- my life feels calmer if I'm writing down what I eat (perhaps because I have complete control over something?);
- my self-respect increases with each passing day
I've lost five pounds since the beginning of the year, which feels like the proverbial drop in the bucket. I'll weigh tonight at my weekly support group meeting, and see what feedback I get from the scale on this past week.
For today, I'm choosing to celebrate those five pounds gone becuase it's all about attitude, and as we know, attitude changes everything!
So yeah me, as Katie always says!
Until next time...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Harold Whitman
I attended my first national quilt show yesterday, The Road to California, in Ontario. Talk about sensory overload! There was so much to see and so much to experience, it was almost overwhelming. Hester said to me as we walked in the door of the convention center, "The talent you'll see here is on a very different level than at our local quilt shows." She was right. It makes me almost embarrassed to call myself a quilter.
But I still do!
I continue to learn so much about my newest passion: the use of various fabrics, colors, threads, stitches, designs. I am rather obsessed these days, and have been for months. My garden has woefully been neglected since I took my first quilting lesson (don't tell anyone I'm a Master Gardener!)
I believe that when we follow where our heart leads, we add to the greater joy in the world. When I do things that make me come alive, I create an energy that touches those around me in a positive way.
What's your passion? Give yourself the chance to experiment with the various areas that interest you until you find the thing that ignites your spirit. It took me a long time to find quilting, and I'm awfully glad I did!
Until next time...
Friday, January 18, 2008
"Finding joy means opening yourself up to it. The value of taking time to appreciate positive experiences seem obvious - trite, even. Yet it's s skill that few people have mastered. The reason is simple: we're busy, and we have a lot on our minds."
Does that sound familiar?
There are many days that all I do is run from event to event: classes, appointments, lunch dates. These are all things that I love to do. Yet I allow myself to become so busy with things I should be enjoying that I get spread far too thin, and lose the joy that each event should bring.
Granted, there are other days when I'm bored silly!
So how do we go about finding a balance, and appreciating the joy in life?
I can't help thinking that the answer to both is about learning to live in the moment. To stop worrying about what's on tomorrow's agenda, or about what we did (or didn't do) yesterday. What's happening at this moment - and how can I more fully participate in it?
A few years ago, one of my stepdaughters asked if I could help her mend a hole in something. We opened up my mom's old sewing machine, and I went to work. She was bending over me, watching as I stitched. I began to tell her stories about my mom teaching me to sew when I was a little girl (and how I never listened!) My emotions got caught in those memories of the past, and I found myself feeling sad because I didn't have a child of my own to pass these stories to.
Then a lightbulb went on inside me and I thought, "Wake up, Pattie! Look what's going on right under your nose!" I was passing along these stories to the next generation. My stepdaughter may not be a child of my body, but she learned a little more that day about my history. It also helped us to bond just a little bit more.
Let's vow to take the time to acknowledge and appreciate the positive experiences that come our way. I know this is an area where I need a lot of work. I want to stay in the moment and open myself up to finding joy.
I will if you will. :-)