The gals at Weight Watchers suggested that I continue until I reached a lower, more appropriate weight, pounds. Despite their recommendations, I decided that I was finally okay with my body, and chose to stop losing weight. With a note from my doctor, I began to work on weight maintenance. I thought life would settle into a picture of perfection once I got down to my ideal size. I still had big trust issues that prevented me from feeling safe, receiving love, expressing myself, setting boundaries, asking for what I needed, feeling worthy, being independent, confident, speaking out, and so many other things that I thought would magically resolve themselves once I lost weight.
Since I never really learned how to feel safe around food as a weight watcher, I continued to believe that food had me in its thrall. I continued to fear it and doubted my ability to trust myself in the midst of temptation. When I lost the weight, it was a daily struggle to keep it off.
I lived in constant fear of gaining the weight back and not fitting into the clothes that I loved, of not being able to relax around the foods I loved without a pile of guilt and shame heaped on top of every extra morsel I ate over my allotted food that day. I sure did. I went from being obsessed about losing weight to maintaining it. In truth, nothing really changed. I was still obsessed. I found myself thinking about food all the time, calculating calories, Weight Watcher points or fat grams.
In my head, I was always running a constant tally of every mouthful I ate. Every single step I took was taken with the intention of either wanting to lose weight or a desperate attempt to offset the food I intended to eat later. Food was my master and I was its slave. Now looking back I realize that all that time spent living under the burden of my food and weight obsession, prevented me from living my life.
I was waiting for my life to begin and looking outside myself for the answers. Have you been playing the body hating game too? Are you waiting to become thin for your life to begin? Now I know that I was living my life in a holding pattern. I was in a perpetual state of weighting. What have you been waiting for? I urge you to live in the moment. The truth is none of us are! We all have our flaws and accepting them gives us the power to rise above them. Stop the Put Downs : Sarcasm, criticism and meanness may be the only that you know to speak to yourself. Make a vow to become your own best friend and advocate.
Every time you become aware that you are putting yourself down, stop dead in your tracks! Next take a deep breath and let it out. Now think of what you would need to tell yourself to become the voice of encouragment. Talk to yourself lovingly in soft tones and with sweetness as you would speak to a good friend or loved one. Stand up for yourself : Because we teach people how to treat us, your body hating ways may have been sending the wrong messages to others.
It was just a lot…like the most.
So when June hit and we had survived all of that. I thought I would feel this huge rush of relief. I felt numb. Where was the numbness coming from. What was going on with me? Not rest in peace. The peace from my theme verse for this year.
The peace Jesus promised to give us. Peace of mind and heart. I had been both troubled and afraid because of it which is where the numbness was coming from. The peace that Jesus gives does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Only Jesus can provide you with that level of peace. True tranquility of mind and heart regardless of the circumstances surrounding you. I missed the mark. The busyness of life got me caught up. But just through a simple prayer asking God to reveal what was going on with me, I received the guidance I needed to get me back on course. You can imagine all the unwinding of six months of tension, stress and anxiety that needs to be done. There are still six months left in And I pray you will too.
Someone reading this has completely lost their peace. This is for you. Where are you with the vision God gave you for this year? Summer is one of those times. From summer camp, running through the sprinklers and eating cold watermelon on the front porch, summer was everything back in the day. In the midst of my nostalgia and paying homage to what clearly is the best time of year to eat produce, I thought back to one of my favorite salads of all time.
My mom and I used to go to Applebees occasionally — just the two of us. In sunny Mansfield, Ohio where I grew up the dining options were extremely limited. Sometimes we would go after a day of shopping or running errands. We both would order the same thing — french onion soup and an oriental chicken salad. The cool lettuce and crispy cabbage, the hot salty fried chicken, crunchy chow mein noodles and toasted almonds.
All topped with a zippy sesame dressing. It was just a divine marriage of crunchy, hot, cold, salty, sweet, toasty and tangy. So of course it had to be on the list of recipes that I converted to plant based. And boy am I glad I did! This one is a real winner folks, tastes just like the real thing. But without all the nonsense. And Lord is there a LOT of nonsense in what outside of the fried chicken one would think is a relatively healthy salad. This ought to be illegal. The target range of total fat for a 2, calorie-a-day diet is 44 — 78 grams. And too much saturated fat, salt and sugar for one meal, let alone a salad.
Now that we know better, we can do better. And that starts with this knock out, much healthier version of a timeless classic. Dealing with technology can be challenging. I know enough to be dangerous but in our technologically advanced society, most people do. So last month when my site got hacked, I had no idea what to do. I called my friend, Takia , who designed this site and thus is obviously WAY more tech knowledgeable than myself. To keep the hackers at bay the site needed to include additional security. Something else broke. That something else was my ability to email out new blog posts to subscribers.
We think that the additional security measures were what hindered that from happening. I had set a goal for myself to post 52 blogs this year. One each week. It includes tasks that others take for granted or fail to understand. Some examples of the invisible work of mothers are:. Every mother reading this knows this to be true. This work has now translated into the workplace. You know, the work that you take home from your job to finish because of unrealistic deadlines or implied or flat-out directly expressed repercussions?
I see my husband deal with it on an almost daily basis. So just surviving becomes invisible work. Nothing is invisible to Him. No act goes unseen by Him. To know that we are loved and seen by the creator of the universe? My job is to show up with an attitude of gratitude for the opportunity. I LOVE a good salad.
And summer is the perfect time for salad lovers. The hot days pair perfectly with the cool, crispy, crunchy bites salads are known for. Salads sometimes get a bad wrap. I mean, I can totally understand if you think of those pitiful iceberg lettuce, tomato and cucumber only salads we used to eat back in the day. You were hungry before you ate it and guess what? You were hungry when you finished. Nothing interesting or filling, just boring iceberg.
But boy have salads made a comeback! Side note: Salads have become extremely popular. Which is great! Adding in unnecessary unhealthy ingredients turning something good for you into something you should avoid. Clearly I was mistaken….
No, seriously. Why would a salad be THAT bad for you? Applebees has some serious explaining to do. Be leery of restaurant salads. Check the calories and fats at the very least. Otherwise your salad can be just as unhealthy as a trip to McDonalds. Back on the healthy salad front, last week I was obsessed with this quinoa salad. I literally ate it everyday. The avocado adds a dreamy creaminess.
The super easy homemade poppyseed dressing brings the zing. Add in some blueberries? Only have walnuts? Throw in some quinoa for an extra protein boost. I used my favorite Follow Your Heart plant-based cheese and it was amazing. The salty bite paired with the juicy sweet fruit is a win.
Ready in: 15 Mins Serves: 2. Directions: 1. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a bowl. Or add ingredients to a mason jar, secure lid and shake until combined this is my favorite method. Taste dressing and add necessary additional ingredients more vinegar, salt and pepper, etc 2. Assemble salad ingredients except for the avocado in a large bowl.
Add in desired amount of dressing and combine. Add in avocado and stir gently to mix. This recipe is so simple and so dang good. Switch them out for edamame. Staying away from corn?
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Dice up some cooked sweet potato and through it in instead. Cook the frozen corn and peas just enough to knock the chill off of them. Drain well. Add the cooked quinoa, corn, peas, green onion, red bell pepper and cilantro in a bowl. Add in olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, pepper and spices. Mix thoroughly. Chill and serve.
It was a great experience that included a nutrition session, health screenings, fitness activities bootcamp, yoga and guided meditation — all for free! There were swag bags, nutrition facts and kale wraps. There were laughs, sweat and good conversation.
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More importantly though there were beautiful people making their health a priority. Being transparent about where they are on their wellness journey and committing to doing better. I would like to think that the attendees got more out of it than I did. During the process of putting Nourish together, I gained a village of talented, creative people who have become family.
A yogi pediatrician committed to treating the whole person and ensuring all communities not just those of affluence have great care. A beautiful, fierce woman of God who happens to be a nurse that I met one time and the connection was just real. When I asked her to help with the health screenings she jumped on board and showed up.
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