Monday, May 16, 2016

Better Thoughts


After my rant the other day, I felt so much better and able to focus on what I needed to do. That's one thing I love about blogging: it's not just a way to vent, but it's a way to cope (without eating) and get my thoughts in order. No more negativity rumbling around in my head... it's all out there on (virtual) paper, leaving room for the productive, positive thinking I so need right now!

The mini fridge is moved to the dining room and stocked (well, in a very miniature way) with healthier foods. Tonight's dinner will be chili made from grass fed beef, canned tomatoes, and fresh celery, onions, garlic, and beans. I'll do my thing where I don't add the beans until the very end, but take a portion out for me to have beanless (lower carb) chili which I will add more veggies to, like I do with my taco soup. My family is opposed to zucchini, carrots and mushrooms in their chili so I cook those separately and add them to my portion at the end. So delicious!

The mini fridge has a small ice compartment too, so I am back to making some protein shakes for breakfast or lunch. We also have some hard boiled eggs and string cheese, nuts, and fresh fruit for snacks. I feel so much better already. Just those few days of junk reminded me of how lousy it feels to be stuck in a cycle of eating sugar and carbs, craving more, having low energy, waking up tired, craving more... I no longer want that to be my life. I even woke up one night with reflux! I haven't had that problem in SO long, but it was enough to remind me of the misery I used to live in daily, sleeping propped up on pillows every night and waking up choking on my own acid reflux. Yuck! It makes me so thankful that I was able to escape that 280+ pound nightmare, for good.

It's going to be a super busy week, but I am especially looking forward to my first CSA box arriving! It might be a challenge with no big fridge, but that's just more incentive to get those healthy veggies used and eaten before they spoil. It's going to be a great day, hope it is for you too!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your idea of substituting vegetables for the beans in chili. I wonder if cabbage would be good? I'm going to try it, thanks.

Anonymous said...

I was reading your last 2 posts and I cannot believe your boys are old enough to be buying their own houses! I remember when you used to post about their sports and school events and now they are grown up. Are they in college now? I'd love to hear how they are doing. I remember one had a liver problem and we prayed for him. Are you still home schooling your daughter?

Mari

Lyn said...

Anon~

yes, I think cabbage would work, as long as you don't use too much of it (it seems to add a distinct flavor to the broth). You might also like my cabbage soup recipe, which you can see on my recipes page (linked at the top of the blog).

Anon (Mari)~

It sure went by quickly. I have two who have graduated from college, and one who's done a year of college and is deciding what field he'd like to work in before returning. Oldest has bought a condo, got married to a wonderful girl who I really love and think she is the perfect match for him, and has a career in computer engineering that he finds very fulfilling. The two oldest moved out some time ago and the third son is looking for a house to buy now. He works long hours so I mostly get to spend time with him on the weekends. Youngest boy has come a long way, still struggles because of his disability but has a great attitude about doing what he CAN do, to the best of his ability. I did home school my daughter last year, but this year she's in a new school and it's been great! She still dances and sings and is a joy to have around. All the kids' health is relatively stable at the moment. Thanks for asking! My family is my greatest blessing.

Anonymous said...

It is so cool that you can eat what you want and not be gaining. I need to figure out your secret.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know from experience to watch spoilage in the mini fridge. I have found they don't keep as well as the full size ones. I can relate to the fridge disaster! Uggghhh!

Anonymous said...

I add cauliflower florets to my chili. The cauliflower breaks down after cooking for a while and the family is not any wiser....

JDET said...

Lyn, maybe the refrigerator failure is a blessing in disguise! Sounds like you lost all the bad stuff (plus, unfortunately, some good), and it's given you a fresh start. I hit my goal weight just over a month ago, so I've been trying to figure out what I can eat that will be sustainable over the long haul. I'm fluctuating between one pound over my goal (just a couple of days) to four pounds under it. I've decided that flour, sugar, and potatoes are my downfall, so I just don't go there. It's not that bad, much to my surprise. I know you, and most other people, do not like counting stuff, but that helps me stay on track. I'm limiting myself to 1200 calories and 50 grams of carbs a day, and some days I don't even come close to one or both of those. Your objective of eating healthier seems to be just the ticket for you, so keep plugging and enjoy your success! If a dieter can't stick with something over the long haul, no matter how successful he or she is in the short run, the person always end up backsliding and gaining it all back, frequently along with even more. It really sounds like you've genuinely hit your sweet spot, so keep up the great work!