Varied Diet

One of the changes I’ve been trying to make this New Year is to vary my diet. I often eat the same foods. It’s a lot easier and cheaper.

Last week I think I had pretty good success with this. My breakfasts were similar. I think I had toast with peanut butter each day, but the side varied–one day a pomegranate, one day eggs, one day a grapefruit.

But my favorite part of the variety was that I decided to try and make something I’d never made before. It has been a long time since I’ve hunted through my cookbooks to make something new. I really enjoy experimenting, so it made me happy to have made time for it. I made string beans with an almond butter, ginger dressing and spinach, ricotta lattice pie.

I really enjoyed making dinner and couldn’t wait to try it. I was a little disappointed when the spinach pie tasted like nothing, but the […]

Varied Diet2017-09-12T19:32:01-04:00

Christmas Cookies all Year

Okay, so when I stepped on the scale the first Monday after New Year’s I decided we clearly need to eat Christmas cookies all year round. Here is my warped thinking…
It was only fair that I gained four pounds this Christmas (so long two pounds that I’d lost since starting my healthy lifestyle) because I spent most of the days eating. I ate so much and was full a great deal of the time. This is unfortunate because it never feels good to be full. Once I’m full I’m always frustrated.
But here is the thing, at Christmas there are so many foods–cookies, breads, creamy onions, stuffing, egg nog, pomegranates–that we only get to eat once a year during a very short window. In addition to these food there are foods we see rarely–homemade apple and blueberry pie, turkey and gravy, homemade chocolate pudding–that we just have to have a taste of them too. I found myself eating more of something because I had the thought, well, I’m not going to get this again until next year. So […]

Christmas Cookies all Year2017-09-12T19:32:01-04:00

Good Days

And somedays it all seems to come easily…

Monday, December 06, 2010

Feel great! Up again at 4:30ish, which I’m not thrilled about, but feel like I got a decent sleep. It helps that I took a nice hot bath and popped a melatonin before getting into bed, but I don’t know if the melatonin actually helped me much last night because I actually woke up a few times.

A hot bath is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle for me. Feels good on my body and mind and the relaxation is a must if I have any chance of maintaining my sanity.

This morning I did an hour pilates ball workout for myself—not too hard, but felt good. Tried working on a lot of different exercises I’d like to add to some classes. Then did a 20-min basic Tae Bo. Feel fabulous. I love workouts on days like this. I wish I knew what made my body feel so good.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Walked at the gym for 30 minutes […]

Good Days2017-10-25T15:49:56-04:00

Not Easy

I think people tend to presume that because I’m in the field of health and fitness and I teach pilates that being healthy comes easily to me. But that isn’t true. I’m human. As I’ve mentioned, I really like to eat. And I really like to work out, but somedays I don’t feel like it, which I’m sure you will discover as the year continues. But just so you know that I’m not always a freak of nature who bounds out of bed saying, “Let’s do pilates, followed by a brisk jaunt through the countryside and a poached egg with a side of plain yogurt,” here is a sampling of how the healthy lifestyle has gone so far. I’ve been keeping a journal.
Friday, Dec 3, 2010

Not a good day for the healthy lifestyle—no exercise to speak of. Matt suggested we go out to breakfast (never good for a healthy lifestyle) and I was easily persuaded. Now dinner at Puerto Vallarta’s. I love it here. I am not making healthy choices today. Let’s see if my weekend […]

Not Easy2017-09-12T19:32:01-04:00

Coventry Farmers Market

I must live in a hole because I only heard about the Coventry Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks ago. It sounded wonderful and I couldn’t wait to go. Once I arrived it was even better than I expected. It was huge, crowded (which is great for the local farmers) and had so much to offer.

Matt and I met some friends and had a picnic lunch. We shared a BBQ pork sandwich and a Gorgonzola chicken wrap from one of the vendors. Next time, I’d like to try the oven-fired pizza. There was fresh squeezed lemonade (which tasted especially good since the last time I had fresh squeezed lemonade was in Italy when I’d accidentally ordered fresh squeezed lemon juice–not the same thing).

I stocked up on heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, some goat’s milk soap, fresh bread, and cheese–oh the cheese. Everything was so good, but a little pricey.

We spent a couple of hours walking around; lounging, eating and chatting on our picnic blankets, trying the different foods, running into friends and neighbors, and enjoying ice cream from Salem Valley Farms (one of my favorites). It was a nice, relaxing day.

When we came […]

Coventry Farmers Market2017-09-12T19:32:10-04:00