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Joyful Journey to Health 2-15-16


Good morning fellow travelers on this Journey to Health.  I hope you each had a victorious Valentine’s Day yesterday.

I chose it as my ‘cheat day’.  Here’s my menu for the day:  B-12 shot, orange, Patriot Power Greens, Wheat Grass & Maqui powder with coconut water in afternoon, 2 slices 12 grain bread, cottage cheese with cinnamon, vanilla, 2 eggs (yummy French toast), Aunt Jemima’s low sugar syrup, cacao in hot chocolate, decaf with sugar free creamer x2, 2 slices 12 grain bread, sliced turkey breast, avocado, tomato, 4 pickle chips, mayo, Apple Cider Vinegar with stevia, coconut water with chia seeds, ground turkey, shredded cabbage, salsa, sour cream, whole black beans, guacamole (home made onion, garlic, lime, avocado), grated cheese, Wheat Grass & Maqui powder with coconut water, chia seeds, pumpkin recipe with stevia, cool whip, 2 Medjool dates, 1 square dark chocolate.

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses – only results.”-KenBlanchard

Even when I have a ‘cheat day’ I eat mindfully.  I am committed to my goal! Day by day, step by step I’m making the journey.

I tried the healthy baked fried chicken recipe I found on pinterest.  Here’s the recipe link.  Next time I make it, I WILL have the rack needed to keep it off the cooking surface of the pan I place in the oven.  It stuck & got a little dryer than I would have liked.  It was a hit with Hubby, even though he was at first leery of ‘corn flakes’ on chicken.  I crushed them enough you couldn’t tell ‘what’ they were.  It will be a recipe I use often.

Here are veggies to keep on hand at all times.

I was pleased to find the linked article above about good veggies to keep on hand at Care2, a site I’ve belonged to since 1995.

I’m a sucker for acronyms.  Here are three I liked that I felt apply to my Joyful  Journey to Health:

F.A.I.L. First Attempt In Learning
E.N.D. Effort Never Dies
N.O. Next Opportunity

There is a recipe I’m modifying for a no-bake ‘breakfast cookie’ to share next week.  I’ve got a few more tweaks to make before I’m pleased with the results.

I’ve been reading a lot about the times when will power gets overworked & weakens.  So when I found this quote, it struck a resounding note for me.  BTW, I totally agree,  so I keep a ‘clean eating’ house.

“The thing is… you’re making things harder on yourself than they need to be. Set up your environment for success. If you don’t have cookies in your house, you won’t have to constantly drain your energy fighting the temptation. Then when reward time comes, you can have one of those fancy schmancy gourmet cookies at a deli.  Your environment is more important than any kind of willpower. Willpower is sooooo overrated.” Mike Whitfield

How to drink your water.

I don’t have a problem with water intake because it’s the only thing I drink besides decaf or an occasional hot chocolate but I found this chart interesting.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”-Jim Rohn

This correlates with Silver Threading’s Mindful Monday

Her article helped me recover a delightful memory.  When I was a very young woman, I had access to deserted country roads with no traffic. It was a time of safety & in a place where I was able to walk alone in the wee hours of the morning. I’m not sure what prompted me to do it, but I would close my eyes & count my steps. It was pure bliss to open them again to a moonlit night. I even enjoyed hearing the cicadas sing.



Author: carolyninjoy

I’m a happily married, retired mother of two adults & grandmother of four children. Adjusted at last to my move from WA state & all the green trees & abundant moisture to a different beauty of desert mountains in AZ. The winters in the Mojave Desert are bliss, the 127 degree summers are a test. It is a climate change for sure. I’ve learned to bloom where I’m planted. I must remember, plants have roots, people have legs & to use mine! I am an avid reader of almost all genres & usually have a baker’s dozen books being read at the same time. I craft greeting cards & enjoy sharing my creativity with family & friends. I also surf the internet looking for artists, photographs, quotes, etc. for my Joy is a Choice! Choose Joy Moment by Moment webpage. http://www.facebook.com/Joyisachoice I also make online jigsaw puzzles. http://www.facebook.com/Injoyspuzzlesforfun I'm a voracious reader & have started a book review page on facebook. I now have the freedom to read all night long, should I so choose & don't suffer the repercussions since I can nap the following day. It's the best time of my life. The link for InJoyful Book Reviews is: http://www.facebook.com/InJoyfulBookReviews

6 thoughts on “Joyful Journey to Health 2-15-16

  1. This was absolutely amazing! I always love to see what your week was like. That quote about willpower is so spot on. I always say I am on a SEE-food diet. If I see the foods I want to eat them. Another reason I have to keep my cupboards bare of the offenders. How are you coming on your exercise? Have you recovered from your fall? Keep up the good work! YOU are truly an inspiration!

  2. Good morning Colleen, Thank you for your kind words. I USED to do the SEE-food diet. Since I keep a ‘clean eating’ house I don’t have the problem at home. Going out is another story. We plan on dining out tonight (didn’t want to face the Valentine’s Day crowds) & I think Hubby wants to have Mexican food. I have to steel myself to overcome the basket of chips & salsa. 😉

    I’m mostly recovered from my fall, thank God! I still have an area in my back that is achy. I’ve been doing arm exercises with my 76.2 pound workout partner, Miss Jasmine. She pulls a tug rope & I do biceps curls. It’s not an exact science but it works for both of us & we have fun. I have continued with my regular Pilates 100’s even though it’s every other day instead of every day as I had done in the past.

    Sometimes after a lupus flare, it’s all I can do to keep the laundry done & the kitchen clean. It’s unusual to have one in the winter but I’m grateful to be alive & overcoming the challenge.

    I’m so proud of you for getting 8.4 miles in last week. Bravo for you!!!

    I have a doctor’s visit on the 18th so will have my weigh in then. Will give an update next Monday unless it’s so exciting I have to share it Thursday.

    Thanks again for providing a venue for sharing health ideas. I’m going back now to visit other pages that you mentioned.

  3. Thank you for the link to the chicken recipe. I plan to add it to my menu this. Also, appreciate the veggies to keep on hand.

  4. You’re welcome. I hope you’ll enjoy trying the recipe.

  5. Pingback: Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: HELP! My Diet Stopped Working! | Silver Threading

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