slowing to plate

July 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise | 7 Comments

Well, I’ve noticed that the process of plating my food before I eat really makes me slow down and be deliberate about what I’m eating. The simple act of a photo food journal has caused me to eat more fruits and veggies, think about what I’m eating, and plan out my food.

Here was breakfast. A bowl of steel cut oats with a splash of milk, sliced banana, coconut and almonds. Had about 3 bites left over.

I had a snack of grapes and a granola bar. (I also had half a peach)

Lunch was an open faced sourdough sandwich with either a slice of ham or turkey and all the trimmings, including brie cheese.

I had that slice of the chocolate cream pie (it’s okay ’cause it has tofu, right?)

Then dinner was turkey breast (thanks for the recipe Dianne), salad, half an orange (and my kids’ sourdough crusts). I added maybe a cup more salad to my plate.

I was at the gym for an hour this morning.  Started with 35 minutes of speed walking at an incline.  Then did squats, abs, arms and planks.

You know, I woke up feeling much better today. I had more energy. Had a better outlook on life. Felt more like myself.

Could it have been the time spent with girlfriend’s in Bible study and prayer last night? Or possibly the prayers of a faithful friend who checks in with me on a daily basis. Maybe it was a shift in less eating and more moving. Think it was all three?

Yum Yum Smiles

July 23, 2008 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Extras, Pies | 2 Comments
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You must have known it was coming. Photos of the winning chocolate cream pie with…


And speaking of winning awards…

I would like to thank Diannes Dishes for The Yum Yum Award!

and thanks to Megans Cookin for The Smile Award!

Characteristics for the Smile Award:

1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times–we are all human)
2. Must love one another
3. Must make mistakes
4. Must learn from others
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world
6. Must love life
7. Must love kids

These are the rules:

1. The recipient must link back to the award’s creator (
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
3. You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere.
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.

My first Smile Award goes to Diannes Dishes because her food is inspiring, her photos are wonderful, and her garden is a thing of envy.

I would like to pass The Yum Yum Award and The Smile Award on to:

Canela y Comino. I love how Gretchen shares about the people and dishes of Peru while honoring her very American upbringing.

Colette’s Bakery. She bakes and dances, has a fun family, and is only 16 years old. I love peeking into her life.

Couch Cubicle. This girl is a riot! She always makes me laugh with her funny life stories.

A Southern Grace. She has great food, great photos, and is a great story teller.

And my final Yum Yum award goes to Megans Cookin. It’s no surprise that Megan’s food looks yummy and tastes yummy.

If I could, I would pass on a slice to each and every one of you!

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