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Salad Day 25,26,27,28,29,and 30

Tuesday, April 19th was a boring salad of greens with Italian dressing.

Wednesday, April 20 I made broccoli slaw with shredded broccoli, mayo, a little sugar, craisins, and almonds.

Thursday, April 21  I cut up green peppers, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, and my home canned tuna.  I do love that home canned tuna.  I hope tuna off the docks is affordable this year.

Friday, April 22  I chopped a tomato, and a used left over salad greens and a little feta cheese for a yummy salad topped with honey mustard dressing.

Saturday, April 23 I was working on the set at the HS so my daughter ran over to Subway and got me a Tuna Salad with all the veggies.  I could have used a fork, but I enjoyed eating the salad because I was hungry.  I even had a few comments about how amazing it is that I've started this project.  When I think about it, it really is... especially with some of the boring salads I've had in the past few weeks.

Sunday, April 24 was Easter Sunday.  I went a little nuts on th…

Changing My Mind

So my friend recently posted that she is reading some book called Change your Brain, Change Your Life. I’ve been thinking about it. Is changing your brain like changing your mind?

The premises of this book is that your brain controls everything so a change in your brain would make changes elsewhere much easier – your brain now working for you and not against you. This makes sense on a very basic level. The trick is to put it into practice.

I decided that I’d start with the easiest thing… changing my mind. It may be easy, but I will still have to work with it a little.


Here is the thing… I’ve done my fair share of “dumping” UNTRUTHS in the past. However, I’ve learned that the most I dump the most I reveal. I guess it’s like onions… There is always one more layer to peal back. (Thanks Shrek for teaching me this great principle). Thus, in order to get to the heart of the matter I need to be able to remove all the layers that cover the most important…

I don't like to "move it, move it!"

Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.

~Robert C. Gallagher

Here’s the deal: everything changes. Nothing ever stays the same. That is a big part of my problem. I don’t like change. I resist it. I fight change.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my tendency to fight with change is a contributing factor to my resistance of exercise and of truly releasing the pounds that weigh me down. The idea that everything is going to change is not very reassuring.

I am truly a creatures of habit. But I’m not alone. Humans, for the most part, do not like change.

I don’t even like positive changes…at least at first. Exercise is positive… yet I resist. A no sugar diet would be positive… yet I resist. Why is that?

Maybe it’s because I am going to have to learn a whole new system, a whole new look at life. I will have to stretch, grow, or adapt. I don’t like that much. But I can’t just keep going through the same old routines and habits that I’ve been using. Even my “new” routines aren’t …

Salad Day 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24

Thursday I enjoyed a salad with fresh veggies and my home canned tuna.  It is very yummy!

Friday I enjoyed a mexican tasting salad.

Saturday was super busy with set building and running a show at te HS.  My thoughtful duaghter brought me a tuna salad from Subway.  She wanted me to stay on track.

My week has been crazy busy, so I haven't been able to go to the store... thus, Sunday was a plain greens salad with my curry rice.

For lunch today I enjoyed some salad with my raw cheese quisidillas.  It was a great lunch!

Salad Day 16, 17, 18, and 19

My problem is finding the time to down load the picture of the salad to put it on the blog.  Sunday's salad was a delisious blend of romaine lettuce, prok roast, tomatoes, steamed carrots, and raspberry vinegrette.  It was so yummy and a bit out the ordinary.

Monday I made a yummy Broccoli Slaw... shredded brocoli, light mayo, raisins, crasins, and cashews.

Tuesday I went back to my usual lettuce and light dressing.

Wedsday was the same.  Let's see if I can spice things up better today.

Spring Clean

Spring has a way of inviting us to take stock of what we have, who we are, and who we want to be, doesn’t it?

Yesterday the winter rain had let up a bit and I could finally get outside and do a little work in the yard. I love my flowers and I really wanted to get all the grass and weeds that were chocking them out of the picture. Thus, after spending a couple hours at the HS cleaning the prop shop and organizing myself for the set I’m throwing together in the next couple of weeks for Little Shop of Horrors, I spent hours upon hours on my hands and knees weeding, pruning, and mowing(I did take a break and watch my son’s rugby game that he got to play nearly the whole thing!).

All this yard work got me thinking about how work in my yard was a little like work in my family.

My parenting has gotten a little over run as of late, just like the choking weeds in the yard. I figure that since my eldest has just gotten married and moved on to her own house, it might be time spring clean my fami…

Salad Day 15

Saturday's salad brought me back to my traditional green salad.   The trouble with branching out is finding the time to research, plan and chop up something new to try.  Heaven help me.  If I don't make the time I'll give up sooner than later because I'm bored.

Salad Day 14

Friday night my husband and I were blessed to be able to use a gift certificate to a restuarant we had never tried because it is mostly out of our price range.  He enjoyed a steak.  I got the blackened salmon salad with honey mustard dressing on the side.  It was heavenly!  If you want a fancy dinner at fancy dinner prices in the Monmouth/Independence area, we highly recommend Ragin' River.  My mouth still waters at the thought.  Mmmmm.

Say AHHHH! Now Spit!

It’s been a couple days since I posted. Yesterday I had a legitimate excuse. A dentist appointment.

Most people I know are nervous about going to the dentist… I am part of that √©lite group. You can blame my dental experiences as a child.

When I was a kid, it seemed that a trip to the dentist office was not unlike being sent to a medieval torture chamber. It started off with sleepless nights leading up to your appointment. Then when the fateful day finally arrived, you were dragged kicking and screaming into a cold, heartless waiting room full of other stone-faced victims…er… I mean … patients.

The needles, pliers and other dental instruments were laid out neatly on a stainless steel tray next to the chair. Just the site of them would drive you to the brink of anxiety.

Even the dentists themselves were different. In the mind of a kid, they were evil people that seemed to harbor contempt for their patients. When I saw the movie “Little Shop of Horrors” I didn’t understand the humor. I…

Salad Day 13

Thursday was a busy day.  Glad I ate a little something before the dentist.

Salad Day 12

Just an other salad.  Nothing special.  A busy schedule kept me from publishing.

In pursuit of my mojo...

It’s official: I’ve lost my mojo… at least concerning exercise.

I’ve lost my oomph about it. I’m still tracking calories, eating a salad a day, and some days I actually stay in my range, but I’m finding myself slipping in my choices a little more. It’s a slippery slope with me, a few days of “eh, what’s ONE order of french fries?” and soon I’m at “eh, why bother at all, give me ALL the french fries”. This is not good.

I also haven’t exercised, much. Also not good. Actually, this is probably the worst because this is the piece that I really, really, really need to remake a habit in my life. I am always going to need more activity in my life than I want. I like sitting, like A LOT… sitting reading… sitting writing. But my body needs me to move. Weight or no, my body, my heart, my muscles, they need me to move. And that’s something I’ve got to get back in the groove of.

Maybe my problem is that I feel a bit like a rat on wheel. Running and running and never getting anywhere. This is not…

Salad Day 11

Today?  Same old same old.

Salad Day 10

I missed posting this yesterday, but I didn't missing eating a salad yesterday.  Yesterday I enjoyed the leftovers of Sunday's yummy salald. I'm looking forward to eating my salad today.  I'm even getting veggies into my morning.  My hubby can make a mean omelet with veggies.  mmmm.

Salad Day 9

Today's salad was to compliment a delisious feast of my version of Chicken Tettrazini.  I used quinua instead of noodles.  It reminded me of couscous.  I added the cooked grain to my chicken pieces, mushrooms, chilies, spices, bacon, and chopped olives.  Since I can't eat pasturised cheese, I tried a non-pasturised cheese.  It was good.  I will be doing that again!  This was real good.  The salad was good too.  :)

Salad Day 8

Greens are the salad of choice right now.  There really aren't in the way of good looking veggies in the store about now.  I'm looking forward to spring veggies.

Salad Day 7

Date night with the hubby... A Subway Salad.

My Goal to Be an Iron Man

Thanks for all the sympathy that many of you have extended to me at this difficult hour. May my iron rest in peace.

I really don’t know what I’m going to do now… how will I continue my training.

I have been looking for a way to spice up my daily work out. All my friends have been nuts about triathlons... all becoming "iron man" champions... and I just can’t bring myself to join the crazy. After some exhausting research I found MY competition… on . Oh yay! Feel the burn!

“Extreme Ironing is an outdoor activity that combines the danger and excitement of an ‘extreme’ sport with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”

I can kill two birds with one stone with this idea! Don't you love it?!

In the world of extreme sports you would be hard pressed to imagine ironing finding its way in alongside the likes of bungee jumping, skydiving and hand gliding. (You know me. I am always living on the edge). I was surprised to find that for nearly 15 years the sport …

Salad Day 6

I really need to branch out.  Today, all I had in the fridge was salad greens and guacamole.  (This is reall yesterday's post, but I didn't get to it until today).