The Dance

Changing your lifestyle is not easy. Yes, this statement comes as a surprise to me. When I first started this journey, everything clicked and fell together with ease. The food was easy to prepare, it was good, I was engaged and it was fun. I proudly extolled the virtues of Weight Watchers Online to anyone who would listen, proudly stating it was a program I could be on for the rest of my life. It was new, and again, it was fun. The weight peeled off and I relished my newfound success. As time progressed the weight loss slowed, but continued. More time went by and the weight loss plateaued and the newness wore off. No longer fun, this weight loss journey became work. And the loss was sporadic.

Weight loss is like a relationship, with all the same stages. My track record with relationships is spotty at best, so here I am, stalled, feeling overwhelmed and discouraged and knowing that the answer lies somewhere inside me to resume the fight and get back to losing. The honeymoon is over and now comes the work to keep putting one foot in front of the other, making the time between weigh-ins productive and focused. The newness must be replaced with tenacity and resolve. My previous negative experiences  with relationships pushed to the back burner and a new trial and error education has commenced.

No room for failure, I went very public early on in this battle between me and the food and the exercise. I did it by design. It’s easy to fail in private, and success is best experienced with others to share the journey. I thought all I would write about would be the positives of the journey. But that’s not realistic, is it? So, I share with you the struggle; dirty and painful. Food pulls at me and we dance, sometimes I lead, sometimes the food leads. The goal is for me to lead always.

I have a goal. I have a plan. I have the desire. I have a public platform. Now, I resume the work needed to get this journey back on track.  Stay with me, because I have a feeling this is going to be an interesting ride.

Mission Chicken

This dish has a wonderful sauce. It’s from the book Crockery Cookery by Mable Hoffman.  This is the first of several recipes from this book. The points value is 11 per leg of chicken, (thigh and drumstick together).

4 chicken legs

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp lemon pepper

1 6-8 ox can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1/4 tsp hot sauce

3 tbl cornstarch

3 tbl water

1 cup seedless grapes, halved

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

 

Place chicken in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, salt, lemon pepper, orange juice concentrate, hot pepper sauce, and combine well. Pour mixture over chicken. cover and cook on low for 5 hours or till chicken is tender.

 

Mix cornstarch and water, add to sauce in cooker. Turn on high to thicken if necessary. Add grapes and serve with slivered almonds.

 

It’s All About Balance

For decades, I lived an imbalanced life. All work and no play. The result was something less than success. It wasn’t until recently that I learned and took to heart the need for balance in life. I still struggle with this and the proof of that is this blog as of late. I wrote about how I had started to write for an online content provider. It’s going well, I am meeting the goals I have set for myself. Except for the goal of balance. I have focused all my energy and creativity on this project, and the blog has suffered for it. Shame on me.

My weight-loss has also suffered this lack of balance. In the beginning, I lost weight steadily. I balanced my exercise, food, and life activities and this balance takes time, action, and energy. I have not been devoting any of these thing in any tangible way towards my weight-loss. The numbers are reflecting this. I’ve fluctuated up and down for the past several weeks, but basically have stayed at 37 pounds lost. I’m tired of this number. It’s time for balance again.

So, today I resume walking. I have a new pedometer for this (the old one fell to the floor and was not accurate afterwards). I will make my convenience food tomorrow and Saturday for the upcoming week. I will walk daily for a minimum of one mile, but ultimately working up to three miles. Then I can do 5k walks for charity which has been a recurring goal for me. I will track my food and activity for all meals and days.

I have an addictive personality and when I find something good, I can easily go all in and take part of that thing till I am over-saturated. Major imbalance  resulting in burn out. That’s what happened in my prior career. I won’t let that happen today.  I have relationships that matter to me now with family, friends, co-workers and this blog. Imbalance jeopardizes them. They suffer from inattention. I value my weight-loss. Inattention or distracted attention translates to less weight-loss at a slower pace. Not acceptable. Imbalance means I’m not organized and I have to be to juggle work and personal life. I have an upcoming work project that will take me out of my home for three weeks. Good money, but the potential for major imbalance. Planning and an eye to balance will make this project work and be a win-win situation.

So, my apologies for being AWOL. We all can learn from the reminder to be balanced in all aspects of your life.