Monday, March 25, 2013

A Wonderful Weekend Out of Town...

Okay so it's the fifth day of Spring and
we had a snow storm last night....

Add caption: "WHY?"

Awkward.... For everyone involved...
It is quite beautiful, but let's not dwell on that for the moment.
Let's talk about my wonderful weekend.

Seldom Worked Territory... Somerset Edition

Saturday 5 cars of folks from my congregation went to help the
Somerset Congregation cover their territory (the area they are
assigned to preach in) and invite as many people as possible to
the Memorial of Christ's Death (Lord's Evening Meal).

We went with the plan of staying all day to help.
For the morning I was put in a car with 3 other sisters
and one 4 year old boy that was super tall and intelligent.
He could have passed for 6 easily.


So Brandy Max and I piled into the suprisingly roomy backseat of this
cubular car and off we went to the Maryland/Pennsylvania border.

We had a wonderful morning inviting people to the Lord's Evening Meal.
It was really nice to work in rural territory and since it is seldom
worked everyone was really nice and receptive.

We went back to their Kingdom Hall for lunch
then regrouped ourselves for the afternoon.

I had a different, but equally awesome car group in the afternoon.
It was comprised of 1 best friend COBE, 1 best friend pioneer partner,
and 1 new friend from the local congregation.

We also worked in the rural area of their territory.

I saw....


Snow covered valley's.....



Big Beautiful Farms...


And windmills!


These little (big) guys are especially controversial
in most areas where they are being erected.
But us city folk love what they represent
(throwback to simpler, less polluted times)
love their sleek look, so take a gander.

Random Photographic Thoughts....


Some random morning last month I was standing on
the porch waiting for my friends to pick me up
when I noticed that as the shadow moved the sun melted the frost.

Neat!

Random cravings...
oven roaste brocolli with cheesy rice lentil garbanzo beans mix

I want this so bad right now...
Of course I dont have the ingredients. 
Argh!

Time for a broccoli nooch run!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

First Day of Spring

And you know what that means....FREE RITA'S ICE!!!!!
 
You heard me right:
 
But it's kind of freezing outside and...
Im eating sugar free right now and.....
there were snow flurries earlier so.....
 this is more along the lines of what I'm craving today....
 
old coconut oil jar = new Tupperware
 
A beautiful Spring soup with peas, cabbage
artichokes carrots and red lentils.
Warm and yum!
 
Even better:
I ate this while walking from work to Trader Joe's.
:-)
 
I'd Like Green With a Side of....
Green..
 
I don't know if it is Spring fever or the subliminal
messaging from so many of my fave bloggers eating
more "green" this month, but a lot of my meals
have been green lately.
 
Case in point:

 
Quinoa sushi bowl with mixed veg, avocado and nori.

 
Rice, barley and daikon seeds
 with peas, avocado and sun dried tomatoes.

 
Tofu with Kale, Avocado and sun dried tomatoes.
 
Seriously high on the yum factor scale.
Actually now that I think about it,
my meals have been green white and red.
 
Perhaps this also reflects the destination of my next trip.
Subliminally using their favorite colors in my meals.
Hmmmmm........
 
Anyhoo, these meals also show with what awesomeness
 I'm sticking to my clean eating goals.
 
I want to go to Avalon....
 
Oh you know what else Spring means?
 
Dollar sale and Avalon's Exchange!
 
Did you get my text message?
Did you go?
What did you score?
 
I got some items to wear now and some things for my trip in June.
Definitely time to liven up the wardrobe.
Ill show you some of what I got later
 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Here we go again....



So, Im getting ready to hit the road again.
It's time for another missionary adventure.

A little over 4400 miles from Pittsburgh..

Here's a clue....

 
Have you guessed yet?
Well, I'll let you marinate for a minute...
 
Don't you hate when people tell you to guess then tell you right away?
 
Do you find that in the minutes after you decide to eat more
shall we say healthfully...
you start craving the exact foods you wish to avoid?
 
Non-nutrient dense fried tacos with all the naughty fixins
and some non naughty ones...

fried breaded and naughty please...mmm
 
more naughtiness......mmmm

I know I do...
So how do you cope?
 
I fill my fridge with the foods I know
will nourish my body and help me to
reach my fitness goals..
If you only buy the healthful, nutritious,
nutrient dense foods you need to eat
you have no other choice than to exercise some will power and eat those.
 
No cheating!
 
You can eat all those naughty things when you reach your goal.
Or even a goal. Set several goals leading to your ultimate.
At each small goal have a treat.
 
But why not make the treat non-edible?
Retrain yourself to view food as fuel.
 
Is this doable?
What do you think?
 
5lbs in Id say its definitely doable!
 
Go for it!