Thursday, November 5, 2009

THE BIG MOVE TO WORDPRESS!!

Hi everyone! Listen, ever since I did my food blog on Wordpress, I've been sorely disappointed in the lack of blog helps on Blogger, so I've imported all of my posts and moved over there. This blog will not be updated anymore, but I will be posting over at:

http://innermonologueofamadwoman.wordpress.com

Same title, same stuff, just a MUCH better and easier format.

Also, I noticed upon importing my posts that I missed SEVERAL comments from people...I've replied to them on Wordpress and I'm reallyreally sorry about that:(.

I would also request that, if you like reading my blog, that you'd subscribe to it and/or follow me and/or add me to your blogroll. I really love blogging and want to turn it into something worthwhile, so I'm going to work diligently on that and would love to see that people are responding.

I love you guys and hope you'll all make the trek with me over to my NEW HOME !!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Meh, Meh, Meh!! :(

No good reason for the title...almost all of today was really awesome. I've just managed to get myself in a bad mood...probably because I realize that I'm not going to get my MITs list done today. I just end up getting home relatively late on Wednesday and it's hard to decide that I'm going to clean the living room when it's 8:15 and I haven't eaten dinner and promised myself that I'd do yoga tonight. I'm still going to give yoga a shot...Joey will probably go to bed at 10, so I'll try to get some time in for it then, but I'm afraid that I won't be able to get my mind into it right, so we'll see. If it's an epic failure, I'll let you know...I might have just set up unrealistic expectations on myself for today, so I might not bother with it and will just do some in the morning.
Mommy, srsly...quit taking pictures of me...
Foodwise, it was a good day; I made an awesome breakfast...I did 1 egg plus two whites scrambled with onions, peppers, and diced tomatoes and topped with about 1 TBSP of cheddar cheese, eaten in romaine lettuce wrappers:). I did the same thing with veggie stir-fry last night and I think I'm really liking the romaine as a venue for my eats. It's healthier than anything carby and gives a nice crunch.
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I wasn't feeling anything prepared for lunch, so I just took a bunch of fresh veggies and Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (yum), a banana, and some salad that I ended up eating at Caribou with Mom and Dad...
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Dinner was pretty simple...1 cup brown rice with 2 TBSP cheddar and some hot sauce, together with a little microwaved cabbage with 1 tsp EVOO, s&p and a little rice wine vinegar. I love cooked cabbage!!
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So, I guess you'll find out tomorrow whether or not I tried the yoga tonight or in the morning...either way, I'm going to give it a try!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November Challenge: Back on Track Month!

Here's a shot of the Babykins:)

Skulls and Scorpions bring joy to my day:)

I woke today feeling pretty refreshed, surprisingly; showering in the evening seems to work better for me as it gives me extra time in the morning and I don't feel quite so rushed. Now, if I could just get in the habit of pre-packing my lunch and laying out my clothes, I'd be in business!

Today was my first conscious foray back into the world of dairy (actually, it was last night, but apparently it wasn't conscious since it didn't occur to me until after I'd typed the previous sentence...). I had an omelet made with 1 egg and 1 white, diced green peppers, and a veggie dog. It was soooo good! I'm still trying to figure out how to reconcile eggs and dairy with my ethical beliefs about the egg and dairy industries....it may take a while.

I was already planning to do this, but since Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point already gave it a name, I will be participating along with others in her Back on Track Month. Basically, we're just taking the month of November to refocus and get back on the healthy eating/exercise/stress management bandwagon. After seeing how much better I felt after the Challenge last week, I was ready for a month of "clean living" to gear up for the holidays!

This month, I'm going to seek to do the following:
  1. Get to the gym three times per week. This shouldn't be trouble...Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday are pretty open for me since I gave up the band.
  2. Yoga twice a week...this is something I've been wanting to try for a while.
  3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator every day. I only travel upstairs/downstairs two or three times per day anyway, so I'll climb the stairs from now on.
  4. Drink 8 glasses of water every day. I've been slacking here because of how much we've had to do at work. It's good for my general health and to prevent kidney stones!
  5. Eat whole, real food, not processed food.
  6. Reduce junk food consumption (chocolate, chips, pasta, "white" grains, calorie-laden beverages, etc).

I'm really excited about starting yoga. I've wanted to so badly since I started reading Heather's blog, and when Angela posted about it today, I couldn't resist. I printed the guide from Yoga Download that she referenced and plan to give it a try tomorrow since I won't be able to hit the gym.

In case you haven't noticed, I've shifted to writing more about food and fitness; I'm trying to focus the blog more toward things about which I'm pretty passionate. I made a list in my mind and came up with:

  1. Shelli
  2. Healthy Living
  3. Frugality
  4. Knitting

So, that's where I'm going right now...it could change at the drop of a hat, I guess, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to offer some insight and info!

By the way, check out my articles on Post-Halloween Sales and the joy of Pumpkin Seeds!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Vegan Challenge in Review and upcoming November Challenges...

How about a little snowy eye candy for you? As long as the office is closed so that I don't have to drive in it, I love weather like this. Everything looks so pristine and silent when you wake up in the morning and look out across the white blanket of snow. It's the perfect morning for warm coffee and a good, hearty, home-cooked breakfast.

So, I went MIA for a few days, which I was expecting because of the big project that I had to do, but it's done and all is well! So, I finished the week out at about 95% vegan. Some of my non-vegan indiscretions included: 1 cookie, a few pieces of chocolate Halloween candy, 2 marshmallows, and maybe 4 individual serving containers of non-dairy creamer (which contains a milk derivative).

What did I learn? First, I don't need cheese to enjoy food. I love cheese...so much so that I could have it at every meal, but going a week without it made me realize that it's really not that important. Next, dairy makes me feel worse, not better. I can definitely tell you that my stomach has been less upset this week that I went vegan. And, I lost three pounds also!

Would I go vegan 100%? Probably not at this point...as far as my religious reasons for vegetarianism go, I don't believe that veganism was necessarily prescribed by God originally, so I don't feel obligated in that way. However, I'm pretty deeply convicted about factory farming and the cruelties that are done in the dairy and egg industry, so I suppose I'll have to find a way for my ethics to meet with my purchases...perhaps finding someone who has chickens that I know treats them well? Or maybe trying to buy milk at a farmer's market or looking into which brands treat their cows well?

What's important, though, is that it's a learning process; if I didn't learn anything other than the fact that cheese is not a necessity to make food better, then the week was worth it. That's one more lesson that will keep me on the path of eating whole, clean, nutritious food, avoiding processed "junk" and enjoying what God gave us to enjoy.

Yay for Joey and me...we hit the gym tonight after work! Step one down:)...now just to go back tomorrow and we'll be on the way to starting a habit!

Stay tuned tomorrow for information about my upcoming challenge for November!