Earth’s crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who see, takes off his shoes;
The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This morning I read this quote. Its a favorite of mine. I grabbed my camera on the way out the door with Noah. Looking for wonders and springtime.
Look at all the greens in this picture.
Love mossy stumps.
I never saw these bushes with the hanging pods before today. Today they were everywhere!
A stump with a miniature ‘forest’ on top of it.
And closest! Doesn’t this remind you of Dr. Seuss?
I’m hungry. Yep, fourth Monday of fasting. Its fascinating really. So much extra time in the day. And I find I am extra creative with my quilting on these days.
There is so much swirling around in my head, and ideas for more concise, meaningful blogs. But its easier to just write down the thoughts as they come. Which usually isn’t so organized. Here’s one of the things I’ve been thinking about.
I have read so much about weight loss and maintenance in the past year or so. Some of it has led me far afield. Some of it was encouraging, and some of it was VERY discouraging. Some of it ‘made’ me gain weight. Some of it gave me insights into why I might have started overeating as a child. Probably all of it was useful in some ways.
But here’s the thing. Yes. We all KNOW weight loss and especially maintenance is hard. If you want to maintain the loss, you will have to work at it. You probably won’t get a break (great post by Diane.) There will be times you want to stress eat, and times you might re-gain some of the weight (no need to look further than this blog LOL.)
If you want to accomplish something great that is very hard to do, like for example, being a concert pianist, ALWAYS listening to how hard it is might not be the best thing to do. Its good to be informed. Its good to know the truth, and to have all the information that is available. But then, you just have to set your mind to it, look at the positive aspects, and forge your way.
This thing is going to look different for each of us. The people who insist that their way is the ONLY way are driving me nuts. Grains have been around for THOUSANDS of years, for goodness sakes. Some very thin people eat white rice every single day. The French, doggone it, manage to eat butter on everything evidently.
So I guess I’m saying, I’m gonna stick mostly with reading books and blogs that will encourage me right now. I’m not going to take a break. I’m going to look at what has worked in the past, eliminate what I know does not work, and keep on eating healthy food. I am going to be open to new information, and willing to try new (healthy) foods. I am not going to stop enjoying food. Ever.
Oh, and I am going to continue to exercise in such a way that it is something I can do long term. For me that means walking at least once a day, and many times two times a day. Probably at least an hour a day. Thirty minutes at the gym seems to do it for me. I can get in a very good workout in thirty minutes. I’m hoping to get back in the pool this summer. I don’t think I will ever be a cold weather swimmer. I might try some new things because they say that is helpful for your body. I have been adding in some different exercises at the gym, and I can tell that new muscles are being challenged.
Doggie pics of the day. Noah got a bath on Saturday. Fluffy doggie for at least one day…
The usual suspects. In the usual chair.