Monday, May 28, 2012

Handling the BBQ Holidays!

Handling the BBQHolidays!

     It's Memorial Day, what are you doing? Is it a beach or a pool day?  Are you visiting a theme park or family?  Are you watching a game or playing Are you...  Grilling?

    A question I've always pondered is, why do we have to enjoy every holiday with eating?  Why do we celebrate Independence, Memorial, 4th of July and any other event with FOOD?  It's so difficult to fight and no matter what you do, it always seems like you've had way too much.  It seems so unfair but no matter what you do, food will always be a part of family get togethers.

     For as long as anyone can remember, food was used as the Great Comforter.  If you got a 'boo-boo', a cookie and a kiss made the pain go away.  If you had a birthday, cake made the day; a wedding - don't get me started!  The thing is, food makes anything better.

     If you're an emotional eater, you know how difficult it can be when you are doing your best to stay on track and then a get-together pops up!  The first thing you do is look for Ben & Jerry's or Haagen Dazs and a spoon.  I've been there and done that many times.

     But what if you're the one who eats because others eat, what do you do?  You can beat the holiday eating, that's what.  Take things with you to keep you on track.  Find fillers like low-calorie drinks and peanuts.  Maybe you can eat lots of watermelon or honeydew, they're full of water.  It can really help.

     Just don't think you can't enjoy bbq's and other fun get-together's.  I'm eating lots of fruit so I have watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes and pineapple for everyone.  You can never go wrong with fresh fruit. I'm also having some tasty pistachios!  Lastly, I have my water flavor packets.  I can drink an ocean of flavored water.

     I know get-togethers can really make weight loss tough but food isn't the only way to enjoy a good time.  Later, when the sun starts to really set, we're playing Light Strike!  That'll really burn some calories.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day.  Be Happy❤Be Healthy!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Not So Positive Day...

Not So Positive Day...

     Sometimes, it seems like the hardest thing in the world to do is to be positive.  No matter what side of the bed you rise from, it's still on the downslope.  Has that happened to you?

     Lately, it's happened more than not.  I put my feet to the floor and I barely move.  I look out the window at the sunny day and I don't want that walk like I used to.  Or, I get going good and something occurs that makes the rest of the day seem like a foot in the grave.  I'm so tired of it.

     On a more recent/personal note, I have been working hard on a dream of mine.  I have been praying on it and pushing- then suddenly, it happened.  I finished my book!  I was thrilled!  Well, before it was completed, I was researching some publishing companies.  I wanted to start submitting my manuscript to see if anyone would go for it.  Many companies aren't accepting at this time.  It's frustrating when you go from one company to the other and everyone is saying the same thing.  You can't walk through the door if you can't even get your toe wedged, yeah?

     Well, one day I found a couple publishers.  One waited a week and sent me a contract.  I was shocked outta my gourd!  I went crazy with excitement.  Then yesterday my bubble was burst!  Another company called and when I told them I was sitting on an offer, he said just as easy as ordering a burger, "Oh from "X" company?"  I was like, wha?  How'd you know?  And he told me the gimmick.  He said they were legit but they did that to everyone!  He explained the process to me and my confidence plummeted.

     So what happened?  I felt like a fool!  I wasn't wanted like I thought; I was just needed for the funds.  'You wash my back I was yours' kinda deal.  I was so bummed.  The thing is, they're a Christian company that was interested but they didn't really consider me like I thought they had.  It wasn't my story that caught them, it was the possibility of money coming through.

     It set the tone for my entire day.  I was bummed and ate whatever.  I knew it was wrong but I just couldn't help it.  I didn't just eat, I snacked all day long.  Until I thought my way out of the hole.  

     I realized they still do everything I want, it just wasn't going to be in the sort of process I thought.  I could get some notoriety and book signings in and still sell myself with back-up from a reputable company.  I could still achieve my dream!

     I just need to decide which company to run with.  I found the positive in the negative.  I can still invest in myself and get my book on shelves- Christian shelves!  I even think it's good enough to slide onto the secular list but I'll just have to see.  It's a great tale- but I am the writer, so I'm a bit biased.  lol

     The thing is, I am looking on the brighter side of this situation.  Just like I am for my weight.  I'm back on track and not feeling depressed anymore.  I have to see things as they are: an opportunity.  Just like my book dream, my weight has to stay positive.  If I start off on a bad foot, everything falls and  I can't let myself fall.

     I will lose my weight and I will get my book published.  I will stay positive.  I'm not sure which contract I will sign but I do know I'm losing weight at my weigh-in this Saturday!  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Recipe Wednesday's Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto

  So here it is!

My changes?  I wanted something meaty so I grilled some portobellos.  I also add reduced-fat feta cheese, about one ounce.  It was really good and I'm going to tell you- You Will Love It!


Ingredients Chopped Basil Lots of Chopped Spinach Pesto is made! Pasta going! Grilled Mushrooms Mmm! Theirs & Mine

Everything tasted wonderful!  I will be making this again too.  It's been added to my favorites.  Plus, the mushrooms were so GOOD!

I hope you try it, you will not be disappointed.  Have a great day and remember to stay...
HappyBe Healthy!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Recipe Wednesday!


 Weight Watchers- Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pasta

     Here is the photo that they show you but I flipped the script!  I added reduced-fat feta cheese by Athenos and then used whole wheat macaroni pasta.  I also added some portabello mushrooms for some meat.

     I'll give you a play-by-play on how nice it turned out.  I rated it a 5-star recipe.  You will too!

Be HappyBe Healthy!