Friday, March 22, 2013

7 Quick Takes {vol 2}

1. Chris and the two younger boys rearranged our unfinished basement last weekend. When they were sorting through bins, they found this large puzzle of Mickey playing soccer. Last night they put it together and glued it to a large piece of cardboard. This morning Chris used his utility knife to cut the cardboard down to the shape of the puzzle, and then hung it on the wall above Tom's bed. Tom is very happy with it.

2. Wednesday was the anniversary of my grandfather's death. He was the only father figure I had in my life when I was a child. He had a very short battle with lung cancer, and I was able to spend a lot of time with him before he passed away. I still miss him. I know that I always will.

3. I try to stay away from pasta, but my family loves it. Last year I started replacing my pasta with spaghetti squash, and I enjoyed it for many months. Recently, I have not wanted spaghetti squash. Actually the thought of it was making me gag. I found this package of Nosoya shirataki spaghetti at my local grocery store, and I tried it this week. It was good!

4. Last Friday my mother bought me a NordicTrack mini trampoline. I had no idea what to do with it, so she told me to look up exercises on the computer. I did and I found a bunch of workouts on youtube that are put out by Bellicon. I have done several of the workouts this week, and I am having fun bouncing on my trampoline! It is a nice addition to my running and Zumba routine. The Bellicon trampolines are made with bungees, not springs, and they look like they have more bounce to them. I was curious about the differences, so I visited the website, and whoa, those Bellicons are expensive! I will stick with my NordicTrack trampoline even if it is less bouncy!

5. Earlier this week I read about The FastDiet on a friend's blog. It sounded interesting, and I made a mental note to found out more about it. I was happy to see it at my local Walmart when I stopped in for a few things, and Holden, my oldest, bought it for me as an early birthday present (love that boy). It is a very easy, fast read. The idea is that 5 days a week you eat your regular diet and 2 nonconsecutive days a week you fast. For a woman that is 500 calories. From the book jacket, "Scientific trials of intermittent fasters have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off, but also reduce your risk of a range of diseases from diabetes to cardiovascular disease and even cancer." I have always wanted to be better at fasting. In the past, I have been a bit of a baby on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting is mentioned numerous times in the Bible, and as a Catholic, I know that it is good for my spiritual health. While reading Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, I was encouraged by this statement, "Fasting, in the Catholic sense, takes what might otherwise be a diet and gives it the direction and motivation needed to become truly life changing, and when practiced regularly, potentially world changing."  I knew that I wanted fasting to be a bigger part of my life, but I did not know the best, healthiest way to begin. Now I have the 5:2 plan. I did my first fast yesterday. I can not say that it was easy, but it was not hard either. Plus, I still did my 60 minutes of Zumba, and I was headache free all day! Today I am eating my normal vegetarian diet, and tomorrow I will fast again.

6. My friend, Renee, told me about where you can find yoga poses for your individual needs. I checked out poses for headaches, backache, and stress. 

7. I had forgotten about these mini daffodils until they popped up last week in my front landscaping. They made me very happy. I can not wait for the dogwood trees to bloom. I am so ready for warmer weather!

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  1. So, I have to ask. What *is* in the pasta?

  2. Hi! The pasta is mostly water, potato starch, konjac flour (I had to look that one up), and chickpea flour. I was worried that it would upset my belly, but it did not.

  3. you should watch . Its very well done and its what started this whole for it was done by Dr. Mosley. I have started since Jan. and it just gets easier and as you had mention, the church has been doing it for years and years. The body is whole: Body and Soul and when you bring them together as you should: you truly start to transform yourself. There is also a facebook page: and pinterest : . Many Blessings to you. I will have to look that up on the pasta. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the links, Cecilia. I will check them out.

  4. I have been inspired to try that 5/2 fast diet. I'll let you know how it goes. (I, too, can be a baby on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, so I think it would be very good for me!)

    1. Good! I can't wait to get an update from you.


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