Sunday, January 26, 2014

Haggis and Neeps

I know it sounds like a new pair of cartoon characters, but it is actually a delicious Scottish dish.  Last night Allen and I attended the annual Robbie Burns dinner.  He is the poet laureate for Scotland who lived in the 1700s.  He is best known for writing the song we sing on New Year's Eve, Auld Lang Syne.

Anyway, you get a bunch of men in full kilt regalia, add in whiskey tasting, bagpipes and highland dancing and you have a fun night!  They always serve haggis and neeps as the appetizer.  It actually is quite delicious.  Haggis is similar to sausage but they incorporate oats. Neeps is short to turnips and they serve them mashed.  I also ordered the salmon instead of the beef, way fewer calories for sure!

It is fun to have different tastes from different cultures to spice up the palate.  I have been eating REALLY clean and low calorie, so last night was a bit of a departure.  I was very modest with my portions, avoided the alcohol and had only a tiny portion of the trifle served at desert.  All in all, a successful evening from a nutrition perspective. 

I keep reminding myself to eat less, feel hungry and embrace greater health!     How are you doing?

Desire to eat less.  Dedication to love hunger.  Discipline to move more.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Complete Vocal Rest - It's a Crack Up!

Happy Sunday.  I have had an interesting couple of weeks.  2 weeks ago today I went to bed because I didn't feel well.  No big dramatic symptoms, just not feeling well.  That was followed by a week of a dry cough.  Then I flew to Dallas on a business trip last Monday.  Then my symptoms blossomed into nasal congestion. 

Then something happened to me that has not ever happened to me before. On Wednesday, the 15th, I woke up, met my co-worker downstairs for brekkie, opened my mouth to say good morning, and nothing came out.  It was the strangest awareness to realize I could not communicate vocally! 

I had to deliver a leadership workshop that afternoon, so I asked for a microphone and whispered my way through the 2 hours.  It was odd for sure.

I flew home Friday morning (still no voice) and went straight to an ear, nose, throat specialist.  She assessed me and assured me that there was nothing "scary" going on with my vocal chords, no polyps or tumors, etc "just" swollen vocal chords.  I am being treated for a sinus infection and laryngitis.  The treatment for laryngitis is complete vocal rest until the voice is "restored an normalized". 

This morning (day 5 of no voice) I can make a bit of a croaking or barking noise, but still no actual voice.  The temptation is to power out a sound but the doctor assured me that this would be damaging to the vocal chords and to not speak until my voice is both restored and normalized. 

Why am I sharing this with you?  I see great parallels to a healthy journey.  It is another example of needing to take care of ourselves, even if we are tempted to do the opposite.  It is tempting to "diet" for awhile and then begin eating things that may not be in our best interest.  What is true and real is that we have to honor ourselves and make good choices for all time to come.  It is not enough for me to rest my voice for a few days, I have to honor that discipline and wait until my voice is fully restored.  It is actually really tough being quiet.  I know the universe is having a good laugh over this.  Anyone who knows me, realizes that I am quite verbal!  :-)

Another day/week/month, another chance to practice making the best right choices to honor myself!

Desire to get my voice back.  Dedication to heal fully.  Discipline to stay silent.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

Welcome to 2014!  It is an overused rant, but SERIOUSLY how did it get to be 2014 already!  Another year has flown by.  So many folks are making resolutions.  Forbes magazine said that a scant 8% of those who make a resolution actually achieve them.  My trainer on Saturday said she made 2 resolutions on New Year's Eve and had broken both of them already (no sugar and always being nice to her clients).  :-)

At my restorative yoga class on Friday evening, (I wish you could all go with me it is a slice of heaven!),  Flossie, the teacher extraordinaire, was talking about taking the opportunity in class to let 2013 fall away into the past; to let go of everything you thought you should have done (shed weight?  exercise more? drink less? etc.) and to set your intention for how you want to live your best life in the year to come.  I love how she shares her thoughts and lets them flow for us all to hear. It makes sense for me to let go of last year.  If you never let go of the shore, you will not be able to reach the other side (of life)!

So, instead of thinking about making a resolution, what can you think about in a different way to help you achieve your personal vision to be the very best healthiest person you can be???

For me, my 2014 intention is to spend more time being hungry.  When we are hungry, we are burning available fuel from our bodies.  I know I have abundance of available fuel!!!

So, when I feel the physical sensation of hunger, I will reach for something to drink, most likely water or tea, and wait for the initial sensation to pass.  When the hunger rears it's head again, maybe then I will feed it.  We just have to change our minds about hunger.  It is a good sensation, not one to be avoided.

So, here's to reducing the abundance of available fuel on my body. 

Desire to have a fabulous and fit 2014.  Dedication to paying attention to my physical sensations. Discipline to delay gratification when I feel hunger.