It's a pillow sham.
At first I used bead organizers - those clear plastic boxes subdivided with little compartments. It worked for a while - but now that my collection has grown, its just not practical - its too difficult to keep like items together.
For my birthday, my friends Kristina and Hannibal gave me a great tote filled with old baby food jars (the labels have been removed and the tops spray-painted). These have been working really well, and Kristina has since given me more old jars to use - but I still need a place to put them. I was keeping my eyes open for a low bookself or storage case at thrift stores, until I went into my shed to pick up some things for church (that's about all that's stored in there right now), and saw this:
This is the cleaned-up, primed version. It old, cheap, and rickety, but it was free! A little spray paint, a few cute plant holders I picked up on clearance at Ross (I love these things!), and its a great solution!
Panera was also the first time I ever saw anyone put fruit on a salad. It seemed a little weird, especially with chicken too, but after a while that became my favorite way to eat a salad.
This recipe is adapted from Southern Living's Baby Blue salad, though I've changed it a bit to suit my taste.
Summer Fruit Salad
1 bag spring mix salad greens
1/2 pint strawberries, quartered
1/2 pint blueberries
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Mix all ingredients together and serve with your favorite salad dressing.
Also, vary it by adding whatever fuits you like. I've added dried cranberries, and I've always thought bits of apples or maybe grapes would be good, too.
For more healthy fruit recipes, visit the Watchin' What We Eat Wednesday - Fruits Edition.
But, this is the thing that killed me - though my hip measurements were down 2 inches, both my chest and waist measurements were up 1 inch! And given the way I've been working out and eating, I just don't see how that's possible. It frustrated me enough that yesterday, I ate ice cream, instead of opting for a low-fat smoothie.
Today is much better, though - I decided a couple things.
- I'm going to follow Nick and Heather's suggestion to get a complete physical, given that I'm talking about losing a significant amount of weight here. That way, I'll know up front if I'm dealing with any issues that might affect my weight loss.
- Also, when Kelly does the final measurements in a week, I don't want to know what they are. Maybe this last measurement was a fluke, maybe the first set was off - or maybe, inches just isn't the best thing for me to track.
And, let's just be honest, when I work out, there is really nothing pretty going on there. Some people look kind of cute when they work out - I am not one of them.
But here's what I do like - the results are tangible and I can see the progress I'm making.
Dieting and using the scale as your guide - that's not always a fast process, and the results don't show up immediately. I can feel proud of myself for getting to the gym, for the discipline I'm showing in keeping my calories at a certain level, but that's less tangible for me.
One year ago, the first time I ever got on an elliptical machine, I could barely get through three minutes before I needed to get off. Four weeks ago, 15 minutes just about killed me. Today, I'm doing 30 minutes, and feeling like I could even go longer. I can bike faster, I can lift more.
I can't really explain to you how good that makes me feel.
This is seriously my favorite healthy dessert. And, actually, its my favorite dessert period, except for chocolate chip cookies. But I'm dieting here, so we won't talk about those anymore.
Anyway, back to the recipe. This is really easy, really flexible, really good, and, to those who don't know just how easy it is to make, really impressive, too. This looks great in any clear glass bowl (like a trifle bowl).
Angel Food Fruit Trifle
angel food cake (with no icing)
sugar-free vanilla pudding (4 servings), made with fat-free milk
fat-free whipped topping
assorted fruit, washed and cut up as necessary
Fold together the vanilla pudding with most of the whipped topping (you'll be saving some of it to use on top the dessert). Cut the angel food cake into bite-size pieces (about 1 inch square). Layer the ingredients in the bowl - angel food cake, pudding mixture, and fruit (reserving some fruit for the top), and continue layers until the bowl is full. Decorate the top of the bowl with reserved whipped topping and fruit.
There are so many different kinds of fruit and flavors of pudding out there - the possibilities are endless. How about raspberries with cheesecake pudding? Or strawberries and bananas with white chocolate? Or blueberries with lemon?
For more great, healthy recipes, visit whoareyoudiet.blogspot.com.
- Frederick - I went to Frederick for a long weekend to celebrate Father's Day with my family. They are all just a little bit insane.
- Adoption - My friends Brad and Melissa just adopted Micah from Ethiopia - he's the cutest baby. And other friends just found out they won't be able to have their own biological kids, so they're looking into adoption. And still more friends are looking into adoption - so I've been thinking about adoption a lot lately.
- Crazy Love - We're starting a new study this summer, using the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan, and I'm so excited about it. More on that later.
If this is any indication of what the weather is going to be like this summer, I may need to consider moving farther north. Like back to Chicago. Or, you know, Alaska.
- The creative name my cousin has chosen for her new baby, that my father will never be able to pronounce correctly
- The old man on the bike beside me at the gym, just plodding along
- When I told Scooter to stop chewing on my shoe, and he turned around to try chewing on Harvey's leg instead
- The sign at the library advertising their new building under construction, that reads, "We want to be well stacked"
Anyway, I'm down 4.5 pounds, which might not seem that remarkable, until I tell you that I lost 3 of those since Friday. My body had a little bit of catching up to do, I think.
I'm comfortable with my routine when it comes to work outs and food, but in less than a week, I go to my parents' house for a visit. Heather calls it the lion's den, at least in terms of eating healthy and being active. Luckily, I'm making two meals, and we're going out to eat once, so that will help.
I can't see. I CAN'T SEE.
I try to look towards the light,
to function normally,
and I can't.
And I'm empty - what can I do?
Inwardly I cry out, "Why?
Lord, God, I can't see!"
And then His answer comes,
bringing with it peace and comfort,
"My precious child,
then look to Me."