At the end of 2006 I talked to you about my new yearís resolution: My plan was to reduce the amount of fat in our meals/recipes, add fish to our weekly menu, add even more whole grains and create flavorful, low fat salad dressings. Another thing I added was to ride my stationary bike as many times a week as possible.
Now, I work a lot of hours, sometimes 7 days a week, Come on, Iím a mom, and yes, it is tiring. One of the greatest temptations is to eat whatever is quick and easy and to avoid exercising. Having made a commitment to myself at the beginning of the year and with a lot of prayer, I am very determined to put as much effort into taking care of myself as much as my other work endeavors! Is it hard? Oh yeah! Am I reaping the benefits of my new eating and exercising habits? You decided. I dropped a dress size! Yahoooo! I had half-heartedly worked at changing my eating and exercising habits before my Ď07 personal challenge and saw little results, mostly discouragement, but once I really focused on what my true objectives were, keeping God in the picture, it has become easier. What has become easier? - Exercising, for one- I ride 2 Ĺ miles on a stationary bike at least 4 times a week. I also use 3# free weights for light upper body toning. Some mornings I tell myself that there is no way I am going to get on that bike, but I do and feel enormously better when I get done. I donít do caffeine, so this is somewhat a replacement for that cup of coffee to jolt me awake. I feel stronger and have tons more energy with that 12 minute ride!
This may seem out of context, but bear with me: we are fixing up an old Victorian house and our objective is to do whatever project well enough that we wonít have to re-visit that part of the house with the exception of a touch up here or there. Now I gave us 50 years to complete the house so that in reality when everything couldnít get done right away, I wouldnít be disappointed. This is the same approach I am taking with weight loss and exercise. With a diet it is a temporary thing that needs to be re-visited when the weight is re-gained or there is a ďfalling off ofí the diet. If I methodically take small steps and do it well enough, I wonít have to re-visit a diet to loose weight but may have to do a touch up here or there on what I eat or the amount of exercise I am doing. Still isnít easy. Thatís why I suggest starting with one thing, say soda. If you drink 3 a day, drop down to 2 a day. Or try not to super size the fries, or park farther away from the store and walk the extra. Just one little thing at a time and you will discover a permanent change that works for you.
Here are a few things that have worked for me:
There are quite a few recipes on this website that are
lower in fat than their original counterpart. I am very thoughtful to using
only the finest ingredients on hand and creating dishes that accent their
qualities, so I will use less salt and fat so that the natural flavors stand out
on their own. Here is a great example of using fresh out of the garden produce
and enhancing the flavors instead of masking them with dressing:
Roasted Corn and Green Bean Salad
1 # green beans, trimmed and blanched 3 minutes
3 c corn, cut from 2 cobs- toss with 1 T olive oil and roast 15 min @ 350įF
1 pt cherry tomatoes, halved
In a food processor, blend the basil, onion, vinegar and water together. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil. . Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss dressing with room temperature veggies just before serving.
(feel free to deviate from the recipe if you don't have a particular veggie or herb)
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