2014!

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Hello 2014!  I’ve made some decisions about this blog, possibly temporary changes, that I wanted to tell you all.  As much as I really enjoy blogging, I’ve decided that I’d really like to put 100% of my writing efforts towards picture books.

I’m going to continue choosing resolutions each month, but it’s just likely I won’t blog about them unless I absolutely must.  :)

Speaking of, did anyone catch our new blog theme song on Saturday Night Live?

November & December

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Oh, friends.  I’ve been composing these really beautiful blog posts in my head about my body/body awareness/body image/self confidence/my daughter/my son/loving myself/mom pressures/my daughter’s school unit “My Body Is Amazing”/admiring other women/Princess Kate/princess culture/everything and truthfully, I know it’s just not going to happen at the quality I’d like it to be.  After four years of reading my blog, you’re probably not surprised!

November (month of eating and feasting) + resolution to appreciate body = interesting

The first week of November I would catch myself daily/hourly/constantly saying the cruelest things to my body. But what to do? I decided that like any relationship with anything, I needed to put in the time changing the dialogue.  So, every day (usually when I’m getting dressed), I started telling my body wonderful things.  Has it erased years (decades…) of poor self-talk? No, of course not but a step in the right direction.

I went to this wonderful parenting talk with Carrie Contey in November and one of the take-aways was “what you appreciate, appreciates.”  Naturally, this related to my body-love resolution and it relates to my December resolution.  I’ve been taking her holiday challenge.  It’s been great in re-focusing me, giving me designated ways to connect to myself and my family during this holiday time.

Wishing you the best this holiday season, friends.  Love to you and your amazing bodies!

Photos & My Amazing Body

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(Did anyone think that there would be photos of my body based on my title? Just feeling a little silly this morning…)

It sounded like a strange resolution, perhaps even vain, but I’m so happy that I took more photos of myself this month. I should have mentioned that I was inspired by this post and another post (that I can’t locate) about a daughter’s unsuccessful search for a photo of her late mother to display at the funeral.  My own mother shared a story about her grandmother who would lean out of every photo taken of her.  Unfortunately, she was still captured in the frame and thus, there are numerous photos of her awkwardly leaning sideways.

This won’t be my story.  I won’t pretend that I don’t take advantage of the delete function on my camera when a photo is unflattering but I’m more comfortable than ever with the images of me: fancy or without make-up, just-the-right-weight or a bit puffy, tired or energized.  It’s me, enjoying all of the blessings of my life.

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This month, I’m going to continue this long, long journey of self-acceptance.  I love how an increasing amount of people embrace a practice of gratitude during November and my expression of gratitude this month will focus on my body.  Our bodies deserve a bit of recognition, yes?

Finally, I can’t mention gratitude without sending it back to you.  I appreciate you each taking the time to read what I write.  It fills my heart more than you’ll ever know.

Doodles!

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Doodling, what a fun resolution! I really hopes this one sticks.

Did you hear about Monday’s Yosemite National Park Google Doodle?  Oh, the irony.

Friends, if you decide to doodle, please doodle with caution.  I giggle every time I see this news reporter’s drawing.

I am my family’s photographer and rarely am documented at events.  My resolution this month is to take a photo of myself every day.  I’m not going to use the word “selfies,” because it makes me think of other things.  ;)

Strange…

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So, yes, I’ve been wanting to update my blog, but I didn’t expect for WordPress (or my Mac, or my children on the iPad?) to update it for me!  I apologize for the last post that might have appeared a bit cryptic.  Or perhaps I was sleep-blogging last night?

I’m still skimming the Engine 2 Diet book but I saw this quote from Jeff Novick, MS, RD and thought this might be a better summary than something I could create:
“Just to clarify… the term “plant-based” diet is not necessarily a diet that is 100% free of animal products but a diet where the majority of the calories in it comes from plants. If it is 100% plants, which many of us follow &/or recommend, then it might be called a plant exclusive, pure plant, pure vegetarian, vegan, etc., diet. In addition, when we are discussing the diets recommended by Dr Esselstyn, Dr McDougall, Dr Goldhamer, myself, etc., etc., which have been documented to reverse, CVD, HTN, DB, Met Synd, etc., it is also a diet that is lower in fat & also low in, or free of, added SOS (Salt/sodium, Oil/fat & Sugar/sweeteners).”  (I’m following Jeff Novick on Facebook- great information, BTW.)

We made these Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas twice and even my picky four year old ate them!   I also enjoyed my own breakfast steel oats creation (morning grain blend and blueberries).  I also made a rustic vegetable soup.  I thought it was delicious but my family was so-so on it.   If anyone wants the recipe to add to their “Yucky Family Recipe Cookbook.”  I’m happy to share it! Ha!

I have really been wanting to dive into some more creative projects and thought I’d start the book The Artist’s Way.  It’s not the right time for it though; I need to really devote myself to this.  Instead, (and I’m pretty excited about this…) I’m going to spend the rest of the month doodling every day.  I could tell you why I want to doodle every day as this month’s resolution or you could watch this awesome 6 minute Ted Talk.

Gosh, just saying the word “doodle” out loud is a treat.  Did you giggle a little bit?  (You’re welcome.)

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Jeff Novick, MS, RD
Just to clarify… the term “plant-based” diet is not necessarily a diet that is 100% free of animal products but a diet where the majority of the calories in it comes from plants. If it is 100% plants, which many of us follow &/or recommend, then it might be called a plant exclusive, pure plant, pure vegetarian, vegan, etc., diet. In addition, when we are discussing the diets recommended by Dr Esselstyn, Dr McDougall, Dr Goldhamer, myself, etc., etc., which have been documented to reverse, CVD, HTN, DB, Met Synd, etc., it is also a diet that is lower in fat & also low in, or free of, added SOS (Salt/sodium, Oil/fat & Sugar/sweeteners).

June & July…& August!

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Oh, where has this summer gone?

I enjoyed the 5 Tibetan Rites but they didn’t replace my favorite way to greet the day: sun salutations. It did inspire me to create my own routine of 5 favorite bedtime poses: bow, pigeon, reclining twist, shoulderstand, and savasana.
My intention for July was to read every day for at least a half hour. I savored some summer reading time for the first half of the month.  Then, I downloaded the Candy Crush app. The rest of July was spent battling my “addiction” but also doing a little bit of reading.
I’ve been wanting to learn more about the Engine 2/plant-based way of eating.  I’m not ready to fully commit (even though I know it would be so good for me!) but I’m planning to eat one meal each week that’s based on the Engine 2 plan.  If you all have any resources or recipes to share, please do so!

Hope you all are enjoying the summer, doing whatever makes you feel happy.