Mindful Monday Healthy Living – Choose Your Eating Battles

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

Last week I had help from:

From World’s Kitchen

The Bee Writes

A Momma’s View

Shanjeniah’s Lovely Chaos

I hope that you will support all of us in our healthy living journey by visiting our blogs and leaving a word of encouragement. In addition, the comments that I receive from many of my blogging friends mean the world to me. Thank you! ❤

Week 3

I had another exciting week in my weight loss journey to healthy living! We hit a few cold days here in Colorado so I decided to make spaghetti for Ron and I. Nothing fancy. Lean ground beef and a jar brand spaghetti sauce tasted really good that cold afternoon. I used gluten-free noodles for me (2 oz. dry = one serving = 5 Points Plus points) and was pleasantly surprised at how easily they cooked and how great they tasted. In addition, I tried a gluten-free bread mix in my bread maker that was fabulous too! Yes, I did eat some of the fresh baked bread! How could you not?

Silver has a love/hate relationship with the holidays

It is the holiday season and because my husband is such a dear, I decided to make dark chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies and peanut butter cookies for him. I actually did pretty well. I ate no more than two cookies per day, although some days I did not have any! I savored every last bite of them too!

Image credit: Facebook

Now, I know what you are all thinking… How could Silver eat cookies AND bread and still lose weight? Well, I did alright. I lost .4 pounds! This is what I have been trying to tell everyone. If you eat moderately, you can have some sweets and bread. Just pay attention to your portion sizes and make sure to eat lots of vegetables and fruits.

I know this is not an earth-shattering weight loss for the week. Nevertheless, it is a loss. 😀

You don’t want to gain weight, so if you did, you know that you have to check out not only what you ate, but how much you ate. Try eliminating foods that you know are your triggers, like bread, is for me.

What do you eat each week?

Do you eat a variety of foods each week? I find that I stick to pretty much the same menu. I eat salad and/or home-made vegetable soup with some type of lean meat, at least, every other day. I try to supplement one of my meals (lunch or dinner) every other day with a protein smoothie. I do the same thing at breakfast and have either a bowl of oatmeal or an omelet made with egg beaters as I switch off the days.

I make my salad ahead and just dip into the bowl!

The Belly Fat Blog shares a great infographic of a raw food pyramid:

Weight Watchers has a new plan called “Beyond the Scale.” They have switched from Points Plus values to Smart Points values. We used to figure out the Points Plus values of a food item by the amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber it contained. Now, Weight Watchers Smart Points are calculated using calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein.

Martha, from Simple Nourished Living, explains the new system on her blog. If you don’t already follow her, you might want to. She is a wealth of information and I love her weekly meal plans! You can follow Martha on Pinterest too!

At this point, I am going to continue using the Points Plus values since this is something that works for me. Just be aware that there is a new plan out there and the points will be different from what I am using.


How did your week go for exercise? I did get out and walk a few times with the dogs. Later in the week, the temperatures were mild so that made it all the better to get out there in the sunshine.

I have been sitting here in my creative room writing. I have a great push to get my book finished. I lose track of the time most days. Thank goodness, Ron comes upstairs and reminds me to eat some lunch, to drink more water, and to get off my butt!

If you don’t have time for a walk, here is a video from Nancy on how to increase your flexibility for those of us over 50!

Image Credit: everybodywalk.org

My week as a whole was great. I accomplished many of my writing goals and even found the time to get some new glasses!

Christmas is this coming up Friday. One of the best things about adopting a healthy lifestyle is that you learn to choose your battles. If you want to have some sweets on Christmas do it. Just do it in moderation. I have found that if you indulge yourself a little bit you end up not feeling deprived and are able to stick to your plan.

And Merry Christmas!

How was your third week on your healthy living journey?

If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!

Link to my post with a ping back each week in a separate post on your own blog. I will add your blog to a list of healthy living supporters that others can visit to gain motivation on each of my Mindful Monday posts. Together we can become healthier!

Image credit: JingaJuice.ph

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to add your post and share your journey. ❤


63 thoughts on “Mindful Monday Healthy Living – Choose Your Eating Battles

  1. I thought I was doing so well, finally getting a grip on my ‘comfort eating’.
    I have lost 30 pounds this year and starting to feel just a little bit amazing…then the bad news arrived and boy have I slipped! Two days of self pity and I am thoroughly disgusted with myself, the main problem being, why does it matter anymore?
    It will be at least two weeks before I know just how bad it is, so what do I do? Common sense tells me not to give in and spoil all the good I have done, but how can I stay positive with all this going on?
    Thanks for listening…


    1. Oh, no. I totally understand how stress derails your goals. I think you should give yourself a break. It sounds like you have enough to worry about let alone worrying about what is going in your mouth! LOL! Stress makes you want to eat more, so maybe until you get over this hump you eat what you need to. Don’t gorge. That only makes you feel worse. Try some of the flavored hot teas. They are soothing and make you feel better because they are hot. The holidays are just rough. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Try a gratitude journal. Instead of concentrating on all the bad stuff right now, concentrate on all the good things in your life. Hang on. Breathe and be good to yourself. I will always listen. ❤

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    2. Hi there, just sending some love and good energy your way. I’m in a rough patch too and know how difficult it is to keep to goals when everything seems to go topsy-turvy. I have found it helpful when eating binges hit me to find an alternative that still gives me that comfort food good feeling but is not as unhealthy. I looked for healthy things I love. I love yogurt and honey for example. It’s probably not the best way to loose weight, but it is a healthy alternative to sweets and chocolate because it gives you important calcium and honey boosts your immune system. So I had the sweetness for my comfort but also something healthy.

      Please don’t give up! You’ve worked so hard and hard times always happen. I believe we can allow ourselves to slip as long as we get up again. As Nelson Mandela said: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” You can do it!

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  2. Bread has always been my issue, Colleen. I’ve been known to drive out of my way to get a special loaf of bread, (once 50 miles to Detroit to get fresh sourdough rye ) and I often build a meal around it ! When I eliminate it from my diet, I can lose 2 lb. a week. I just don’t want to do it. It’s about quality of life, so I’ll keep the extra 15 lbs I’ve worried about for years. Thanks for your always helpful posts. ❤️

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    1. I do love my bread. I think it’s because we were raised with bread at each meal. I know part of the issue is the wheat grown today compared to then. I do so much better with gluten-free and I don’t seem to gain as quickly. That is why I called this post “Choose your Battles.” Food is personal. We all should make the choices best for us. If you want to eat bread and you are happy and healthy, I see nothing wrong with that. 💗💗💗

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        1. Same for me Van. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI. Very German, very fattening. I have had a weight problem all my life. It took years to figure out it was my thyroid. Now that it has been removed it is still an issue, but at least I can lose weight. That is a real plus. I could eat bread all day long and be happy! 😀

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  3. Love that you share. Eating for my body’s own good is where I am at right now, after years of abusing it. I appreciate you and feel like I have a ‘buddy’ out there. ❤


    1. Annette! That is one of the nicest things anyone has ever said. Thank you! I figure if we all work (commiserate) together and swap ideas we can kick this journey to healthy in no time. Thank you for being there for me. I am definitely your buddy! ❤ ❤ ❤


  4. Regarding excercising… since I am sitting more and more during the day because of my blog I am even more motivated to do it but have less time…. sometimes really not easy. Great post again, Colleen!!!


    1. It sure is a delicate balancing act, Erika. When it comes to exercising they say to schedule it just like you do your blogging and writing. I think that is what I am going to do. It makes sense. That way it is harder to cancel and not do! LOL! I have never been an athletic person so it is really hard for me. Walking I can stick to because it makes me get out and enjoy the weather and my neighborhood. In our new house, I do not have nature around me like I did in Florida. That is alright because I have sidewalks to walk on. That works for me! LOL! ❤

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      1. I would definitely suggest to schedule it. That way I have my work out basically daily! But I don’t stress myself out to get it done once there is just too much going on. I love your intention and discipline. I just made a deal with Sandra that we both are ready on June 30 to show our six pack… haha! Highly motivated to say the least!

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        1. Hi Coleen and Erika, I would love to be able to schedule my exercise but I work flexible shifts (even though I fight for having the same days off every week) so I would have to schedule differently every week. And I’ve realised that that does not help me at all. Once I get the same days off I will be able to get a routine of going for a walk in the morning which I can’t really when I work because I often start at 6 am and I am too chicken to go for a walk at 4 am :-). My thoughts are with both of you 🙂

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          1. Oh no, I would never get up at 4 only for a walk… That is a problem indeed! I totally understand. But what you can do for example is scheduling some exercise time for your days off. That is better than nothing. I also made it an attitude many years ago to not take the elevator but the stairs… OK, if you are living or working in a skyscraper perhaps not all the way… lol! But thos are some little things you could incorporate during your day. Also you can do your household or whatever with a conscious muscle or body tension if you know what I mean.

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          2. Hi Erika, thanks for the ideas. I work in a supermarket we do not have stairs I am afraid but I made it a habit to park as far away as I can and often a street away to get some walking in my day. And yes just keeping a habit of walking on my days of no matter what day it is would help too. 🙂

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          3. Bee, that is a tough one. I used to walk at 6 a.m. but it is quite cold here at that time. I have been trying to take a walk at noon with the dogs. That helps. There is no easy way to get exercise done but to do it when you can! Thanks, Bee. I hope you get some better hours soon. ❤

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      1. Hi..well as you said choose your battles and I think that’s a good mantra to have which is why I am waiting till after the big day although I am so busy haven’t time to eat properly. But will be on the bandwagon in the New Year. I hope you a lovely Christmas in your New home ..Hugs x

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  5. Colleen, I loved the title of this post, as well as all the helpful content. Eating better and getting healthy truly is a life long journey. One of the keys is learning to enjoy the process of discovery! Thanks so much for including a link out to my review of the new WW Beyond the Scale Program. I appreciate it.

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  6. Well done again. I will post about my week later today or early tomorrow. You are right, it doesn’t matter how much you lose, as long as it is still a loss. Especially at this time of the year. Thanks again for the great info and the motivation!

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  7. Reblogged this on A Momma's View and commented:
    I thought rather than trying to write about eating habits and working out, I could reblog Colleen’s great post. It’s packed with great info, which I would not be able to give you.

    I’m on track. Better than I’ve been, controlling the portion control at this stage rather than really “dieting”. That I will start with the new year, simply because there will be more of a routine for me then again.

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  8. While I’m not dieting, and won’t be, I’m happy that you’re happy with what you’re doing.

    In addition to my regular hometending, I attended an abbreviated tai chi class, swam 500 meters (going to try to work swimming in every Tuesday), and went shopping for stocking stuffers, I’ve been sleeping more hours at a clip, too, even with the full moon (I usually don’t).

    Merry Christmas, SIlver, and thanks for the mention! =)

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