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:
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! ❤
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!
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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!
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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!
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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. ❤