Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Update, and Link Love

The Habit-A-Week Challenge is on hiatus this week, not only because I am kinda busy with other things, but also because so many bloggers and readers are also on hiatus (hopefully not having one last hurrah with all their favorite foods, but we'll see. They'll be back on January 2).

I thought I'd post a brief update, and then show a little Link Love, as MizFit so nicely puts it. By the way, go over to her blog today to find out why "if at first you don't succeed - QUIT!"

Yesterday I got back on the bike for the first time in over a week. I biked 30 minutes and will do it again today... and tomorrow... and the next day. My goal is 6 days per week on the bike. I also ate quite healthy yesterday. I didn't count calories but I focused on adding vegetables and fruits back in as the mainstay of my diet. I ate loads of broccoli, spinach, and other nutritious goodies yesterday along with the requisite bowl of oatmeal (topped with a drizzle of eggnog for flavor, and walnuts for crunch). For lunch, I made a HUGE salad in a mixer bowl: half a bag of organic baby spinach topped with toasted pine nuts, fresh pomegranate seeds, Gorgonzola cheese, a bit of broccoli and chicken breast, crumbled bacon, and a homemade apple cider dressing. Dressing recipe: in a pan simmer 1/2 cup apple cider with 1 T apple cider vinegar for 5 minutes or so until reduced a bit. Add half a teaspoon of Dijon mustard and some salt and pepper and whisk until smooth. Cool slightly and pour over the spinach salad. Yummy! And dinner was a huge bowl of broccoli with low fat cheese sauce. I also had a small, fat free whole grain banana pancake topped with peanut butter and blackberries. Today will be another good day.

Yesterday my salad was modeled after this one at Kath Eats, a blog where I go to get inspiration for healthy meals. I met Kath in Chicago at the Quaker thing, after having followed her blog for almost a year. Her meals and snacks always look great, and she photographs everything she eats... even the edible underwear. I can only hope to learn the kind of moderation she embodies: eating healthy almost all the time, but allowing for indulgences during special occasions. I mean, she eats ONE Fun Size Snicker bar per year, on Halloween! And splits a Fun Size pack of M&M's with her husband. Really, I think we all could benefit from this kind of food enjoyment intertwined with moderation!

Next, to find out how successful weight loss is like accidentally killing a possum, check out Lynn's Weigh. She's lost a ton of weight and kept it off for two years. Go learn from her.

Sometimes, going back and reading older posts in various blogs can bring you some buried treasures. (Heck, go back and read my early posts and see how much I've changed!) But I have two posts in particular that I really enjoyed and had planned to mention for months now, so here they are:

At A Day in Elife, learn how you can decide to hate fast food and not crave it anymore. Hey, sometimes mind games can work to your benefit!

And how about this: maybe sometimes you don't really need to EAT that food. What if you paid attention to your real desires instead of just assuming that you want to eat/drink something? Marshy recounts a time when she thought she wanted a cup of coffee, but what she really wanted was to SMELL the coffee... not drink it. So when she was done smelling it, she dumped it down the drain! Profound! Pay attention... you really might save yourself some calories. (I've found this is true myself. When I walk past the bakery section in the grocery store, I used to RUN from the smell of the freshly baking bread, because I *thought* it made me want to eat it. But when I calmed down and paid attention and allowed myself to stop by the bakery and smell the warm aromas of freshly baked bread, I found that the smell was *enough* for me, because I enjoyed it immensely. So now I make a point of pausing to smell the bread... or even the fresh donuts... without actually buying and eating any. Thanks Marshy!

Well, that should keep you busy for awhile. Take some time to surf around and enjoy other blogs! And if you have a favorite, leave it in the comments section so I can check it out. Happy New Year!


Hanlie said...

Thanks for all the links! I learned some interesting things...

Glad to hear you're back on the bike!

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

I had a mixer bowl salad today, too! Half bag of spinach, some grape tomatoes, carrots, a sprinkle of parm cheese and my balsamic vinegar dressing concoction that tastes different every time I make it. Thanks for the shout out. I'm sure there are a few people around my neck of the woods who wished I'd have saved the possum for some stew or some such. Does a dog killing a possum qualify as "road kill?"

Laurens_Closet said...

Fun to have the other blogs to check out~ You've given me some wonderful "ignoring the kids" activities - - - THANKS!

And the SALAD~ I'm going to have to TRY that! Are you going to put it in your recipe links? Otherwise, I'll copy/paste/print!



Lyn said...

You better just save it now, Amy! I probably won't link it. Maybe someday when I am all organized and have a photo of the salad :)

It's very good tho!

Miz said...

thanks for the luuuuve....now to explore the other links.


elife said...

Thanks for the link love, baby!

Anonymous said...

Flat-coats and Getting Healthy :)

Hey Lyn,
I was reading your blog when I went over to "Lynn's" via your link and of course went nutzo over Lynn having a Flat-coat. :) And it got me thinking. One of my goals by March is to feel healthy enough to walk with my Flat-coat puppy Sunny. He would SO love that. I stopped walking when Abe's leg was amputated because I couldn't bear to walk without him but now I don't have that excuse. My walk has to be almost one mile (around my very large block) but by March 1 I am going to be able to do that.

Thanks again for all the inspiration.

Karen in TN

Kiki said...

Wow, this post was a wealth of information! Thanks so much.

There's one more bit of info I need...how in the heck can you ride your bike for so long and so often. I got on mine for 15min and me behind went numb. I need a seat that is 3x the size.

Have a great day!

Lyn said...


Oh have I got an answer for you! My bike is a recumbent Schwinn. Here it is:


Is that beautiful or what?? Look at that seat! It's like exercizing in a comfy recliner! Highly recommended bike... paid $299!

Lyn said...

Hmmm... I dunno if you can see that link Kiki... if not, go to my archives for October 2007 and look for the bike picture. HTH!

Laurie said...

I've been a reader of your blog in the past, Lyn, but haven't been around for awhile. I just took another look, and whoops--I've doing exactly what you talk about in one of your recent posts--eating myself silly for the rest of the year (or maybe even "until Monday"!) But I made a conscious decision to do that ... I'll be fine in 2009, ha ha!

I started my own blog just a week ago when I decided to get back on the ball after having lost & regained 25 lbs in '08. It's http://3fatchicks.com/diet-blogs/gettinfine/.

Thanks for the inspiration. It's truly amazing what we all have in common in our struggles. (I'm a chronic listmaker, too.)


Annimal said...

my favorite: http://angryfatgirlz.blogspot.com/
if you haven't found it--go right now! It's always insightful dialogue from intelligent women about weight/body life issues.
Good job on getting back on the bike--didn't it feel great!

Marshmallow said...

Awwww, thanks for the link, Lyn :-D

Twix said...

(((((((HAPPY NEW YEARS 2009!!!!!))))))))))