Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day 86...counting down from 100

Today, I ate:

1 grapefruit
Carrots and Celery with Zucchini Humus
Green Smoothie - Spinach, frozen peaches, ginger and coconut water
Lettuce Wraps - with cashew black pepper "cheese", zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and avocado
2 plums
Apple Chips

I ate a LOT of Lettuce Wraps, they were so yummy with that black pepper "cheese".  It's from this cookbook.  Yum!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day 87...counting down from 100

Today I ate:

Green Juice - kale and bok choy, parsley, ginger, lemon and apple
Chai Tea
Marinated Collard Greens - very tasty but next time I would cut the salt in half
Green Smoothie - kale, banana, pineapple, oranges, and coconut water
small french fries from Jack in the Box--WHY?

Days 89 and 88...counting down from 100

My father is dying and is receiving hospice care in his home so I have been very distracted and haven't done a good job of tracking what I have been eating on day 89 but it was all raw food.

On day 88, I ate:
Green Juice - chard and bok choy with lemon, parsley, ginger and apple
Seaweed snacks - toasted seaweed
Arugula salad
2 plums
1 kiwi
1 slice of buttered whole-wheat toast - weird!

I have lost 6 pounds so far, which matches the norm of 1/2 pound per day that I have been reading that other people experience on this eating plan.  Only 44 more to go!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Day 90...counting down from 100

I got back to exercising!  I jogged the week 5 30 minute program for "Couch to 5K", which has 24 minutes of jogging.  Yay!

I ate:
Carrot Salad - with cranberries and almonds
Cabbage Slaw - with coconut
Raw almonds

Black Tea

I wanted a green salad but we all out of greens and I didn't have time to go to the grocery store.  Looking forward to the days when I have a garden :)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Days 92 and 91...counting down from 100

Day 92 was the 4th of July.  I had spent the night at the hospital with my Dad and it was a bit rough because he wasn't sleeping and was very sad.  I came home and didn't sleep because I wanted to enjoy the day with Mark and Joaquin.  We went to the parade in Clarksburg and he had a lot of fun scootering around in circles at the church with his new friend Matthew.  They sat on the sidewalk curb and watched the parade and ran out to pick up candy as it was thrown.

I ate:
Arugula Salad with grapefruit, mac nuts, and avocado
Arugula Salad with radishes and avocado
Green Smoothie with collards, banana, orange, and pineapple
Black Tea

Day 91
I ate:
Celery with taco nut meat
Carrot Salad with cranberries and almonds
Black Tea
Green Tea

Friday, July 4, 2014

Days 94 and 93...counting down from 100

Two days of travel to San Francisco:

On Day 94, I ate:
1 banana
1 cup of fruit from Starbucks
1 green drink from Starbucks
1 mixed salad with some kale, lettuce, seaweed, tomatoes and avocado
1 cup coffee
1 arugula and pear salad with balsamic dressing from Cinecitta in North Beach
1 small package of freeze dried fruit from Starbucks

No exercise

On Day 93 I ate:
Green grapes
Green Juice from the Plant
Beet Juice from the Plant
Raw Brownie with Mango and Vanilla Cashew Cream
Green Berry Smoothie from the Plant
Mixed green salad with roasted veggies and parmesean cheese (not fully raw or vegan)
Roasted, salted pistachios (not raw)

No exercise

I didn't feel very good either day so wasn't able to exercise this morning.  Will definitely do some jogging tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 95...counting down from 100

Today I ate:

Green Juice - collards and lettuce, cucumber, lemon, ginger, parsley, carrot, apple
Beet Juice - beets, orange, spinach, carrot
1 Plum
Broccoli Chips

I wanted to make this recipe of Broccoli Chips, but I didn't have the soaked cashews so will have to wait until another day.  This is the area of planning that I have to learn to do.

Kale Chips - Olive Oil, Tamari, Toasted Sesame Oil, Sesame Seeds

Taco Salad - Romaine Lettuce, Taco Nut Meat, Avocado, Pepitas and Salsa - yum!

I did not exercise.  One day of rest per 7 is my plan and it just didn't work out today.

Day 96...counting down from 100

Posting today for yesterday's menu/exercise:

I ate:

1 plum
1 pear
Green Smoothie - used frozen leftover fruit salad, kale, coconut water
Cabbage and Coconut Slaw with curry dressing - yum!
Arugula Salad - with radishes, avocado, pear and Orange Miso dressing
2 cups of herbal tea
1 cup of black tea

I did 30 minutes of power walking via the Prevention Magazine mp3.  I walked around the grape field as the sun was setting, it was gorgeous.

The whole day was weird because I had spent the night at the hospital with my Dad and then slept from 10am to 4pm.

I am still feeling a lot calmer and less achy than I feel when I eat cooked foods and sugar.  I like the food and it's super easy to prepare.  Just takes more planning, which I'm getting used to.  Once I get an arsenal of recipes that I can make without thinking (as I have with cooked food), the planning will be minimal as well.  It just takes time...

While I was sitting in the hospital, I did more research to get inspired and found this site:

Raw Food Bootcamp

Weight loss is quick and healthy on this diet and there is ZERO portion control!  The food tastes very fresh and flavorful, so after eating it for a few weeks, cooked food isn't appealing.

95 more days to go!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Day 97...counting down from 100

Today I ate:

Green Smoothie - Kale, overripe mango (yuck), pineapple, orange, 1 tsp Maca powder

Arugula Salad - with radishes and avocado and orange miso dressing.  Absolutely delish!

Green Juice - Kale, parsley, celery, lemon, ginger, apple, cucumber

Cabbage Slaw from the Loving Hut (minus the tofu)

Green Tea

Black Tea "Paris"

I did my week 5 from "Couch to 5K" and really tried to job a bit faster instead of shuffling along and I swam 32 length of the pool without stopping plus 2 laps kicking at the end.

I really like eating this way, I feel calmer, more relaxed and less achy.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Day 98...counting down from 100

Today I ate:

Green Smoothie - spinach, kale, pineapple, mango, banana

Cabbage Slaw with Thai Dressing and Coconut Chips

Green Salad - unfortunately, I found out when it arrived that it had some blue cheese crumbles on it even though the name of the salad was "All Veggies" on the menu;  given that the restaurant is in our small town of Clarksburg, having a population of less than 600 people--I didn't want to send it back so I tried to remove as much as possible.  The salad was delicious and we were there for the CD release party for my friend Tressa's band.  So much FUN!

Black Tea

2 Corona Lights

No juice today, wah!  I did do a 30 minute power walk and swam 32 lengths of the pool without stopping!  Yeah!  Shooting for 40 by the middle of summer.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Day 99...counting down from 100

So my 2nd day of my 100-days on the raw food diet.  Today, I ate a lot of the same things from yesterday (for links, see yesterday's post) due to left-over salads.

Beet Juice - beets, orange, spinach and carrot

Green Juice - beet tops, wild spinach, parsley, lemon, apple, ginger (I wish I had remembered to put celery in)

Mojito Green Smoothie

Beet Salad

Cranberry-Almond Carrot Salad


A few cherries

Celery-Avocado Salad - based off of this recipe but added salt, pineapple, mint, lemon and hot sauce.  Yum!

My energy was a bit off today but I think that's because I had a rough night of sleep.  I wanted my wrist brace to dry out after swimming so I didn't wear it to bed and then the pain from my sprained wrist kept waking me up.  Maybe I need to get a 2nd brace so once can be drying while I wear the other.  I broke out in hives again today but not as bad.  Mostly on my hands, so not sure what that is about.  Given that the hives started BEFORE I switched to raw foods, it can't be the change in diet.

It's funny how many times each day the voice of temptation pops into my head.  I'm very tuned into that now because I'm trying to see what drives it.  In the afternoon, it is definitely me seeking some comfort from my challenging job.  If I watch TV, (today I watched Chopped, my fav) I find that I am conditioned to want a snack.  I am kinda treating this like a little science experiment where I'm observing and noting.

I forgot to mention that I the 30-minute "Couch to 5K-Week 5" today which has 24 minutes of jogging with the rest walking.

98 days to go!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Challenge accepted...

I am challenging myself to eat a healthy raw food diet for 100 days.  I will post every day what I ate for the day to create some accountability.  I want to have more energy and get rid of toxins in my body and lose weight.  I think this will really help and I like the food.  Here is what I ate today:
(you can click on the links for recipes)

Pineapple Grapefruit Juice (with ginger)

Green Juice - beet tops, wild spinach, cucumber, lemon, ginger, fennel and apple.

Beet Salad  This is a new recipe and it was OK.  The dressing ROCKED so I am looking forward to having that again.  I have enough left over to eat this again tomorrow.


Black Tea

Cranberry-Almond Carrot Salad with lemon and basil from this cookbook.  This is one of my favorite all-time salads and I have enough left for tomorrow too!

Mojito Green Smoothie

For exercise, I did 30 minutes of power walking using the Prevention Magazine mp3 and I swam freestyle for 32 lengths of the pool plus 4 lengths kicking on my back.  I am proud of myself because I have a sprained wrist and I just wore the brace in the water and kinda slapped that arm.  Not very elegant but I always feel so much better after I swim.

I broke out in hives after swimming which was very uncomfortable but it isn't related to the change in diet.  I started to break out in hives this morning and it's caused by using mainstream laundry soap.  I have to use the natural, biodegradable kind or this happens to me.  Every once in a while I switch to the regular kind because it kinda brightens up our clothes and makes them smell better.  But if I let it go on too long, the hives come for a visit and they are most unwelcome.

I put all the recipes in my Allrecipes menu and then created a menu plan for the first 3 days and shopping list.  I am very serious about making this change and I think staying up on the menu
planning will help.

I thought it would be fun to do a google search on 100 days on the raw food diet and was surprised to find this website.  Apparently, my idea is nothing  I did enjoy looking at "before" and "after"  photos of people on Pinterest who switched to a raw food diet.  That was motivating!

Someone very close to me said something really mean to me this morning related to my weight and eating habits. Actually, it was terribly cruel.  At this moment I don't feel like I will ever be able to forgive and let it go.  Usually, I wouldn't post about something this personal but I am using this as a way of making a big change in my life and I want to remember where I started.  I feel like my best friend just let me know that I am held in disdain and contempt.  Excruciating.  I guess that's when you realize the person you thought was your best friend--isn't.

I got a lovely birthday card in the mail today from my sister.  She's on a cruise right now and I really wish I could talk to her.

I will weigh myself once per week and starting this at 181.2 pounds.  sigh...

Time to do my virtual "happy dance!"  I did it!  Day 1 is complete.  99 more to go!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Joaquin and his Lego boat

Pretending he has no arms

1.  Joaquin and his Lego boat
2.  Joaquin loving his muddy, muddy hands
3.  Joaquin pretending he has no arms
4.  Joaquin's "angry" face
5.  Mark and the fudge kettle

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First Day of School

Joaquin's first day of school.  Finally posting this photo, a tad late, but still nice.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Yarn Along

Christmas morning, Joaquin was wiggly with excitement as he carefully presented the gift he had purchased for me at the Children's Store during his school's Winter Faire.  Each year, they create a magical store that only children may shop in.  When they enter the store, they are paired up with an older child who helps them to shop.  They may buy items using pre-purchased tickets and this has more meaning to them than money because they know just how many tickets are needed for a treat from the Pocket Person or to see the puppet show or to make a craft.  Joaquin was so excited to buy something he knew I would love and he told his little tale of each step he went through to buy it and that it cost FOUR TICKETS!!!  He was so full of love and excitement.  I treasure these dear little wooden knitting needles with their charming acorn tops. I am happily knitting a couple of much-needed wash cloths for our home.  Joining Ginny today...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Breakfast #1

Do you ever find yourself making that "nom yum nom" noise while you eat something particularly delicious?  My husband and I were both making that sound this morning as we enjoyed a warm, nourishing breakfast.  So much so that our 5-year-old son decided to try it too!  My friend, Heather, and I love, love, love the cookbook that it's from and refer to it as "the book".  It's so fun to ask: "Have you made anything from 'the book' lately?" And then to enjoy a happy little foodie conversation.  Ah!  Nom yum nom...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

must lose weight...

Is it a fact universally acknowledged that when one is 5'6" tall and weighs 182 lbs (per this week's doctor appointment), that one must lose weight?  argh!  I have high blood pressure and am going on medication today.  The good news is that if I just lose the weight, I will likely have a corresponding drop in blood pressure, allowing me to discontinue with said medication.  Thus, I must lose weight ASAP.  Before this doctor appointment, I knew that I "should" lose weight "someday".  But now its official and I must do it NOW.  Oh, poo.

Being serious and all that about losing weight immediately, I am dedicated to reading through each one of the many weight loss books I have purchased that heretofore have remained dusty and unread.   I know I need help.  Of course we all know if we reduce caloric intake and increase exertion we will lose weight.  What we don't know, is how to get oneself to do it.  And to do it NOW.  I have the perfect ideas about how to do it SOMEDAY.  But now is rather a different matter altogether.  It turns out, that in the "now"--I really don't want to.  I prefer to plan to do it someday in the future.  I enjoy dreaming about it and imagining myself doing it perfectly.  I prefer the perfection of day-dreaming to the messy imperfection of the here and now.  Nothing like a scary doctor appointment to awaken one one and bring desperation, if not yet motivation.

So here goes:  I am reading "Think Thin, Be Thin" (sub-titled "101 Psychological Ways to Lose Weight") by Doris Wild Helmering and Dianne Hales.  Here is what I have learned so far:

The "more exposure effect" is the proven principle (advertisers adhere to) that the more you see, hear, or read a message--the more positively you view it.  Conversely, we also crave novelty and variety.

Once a person believes change is possible, change occurs.

When you make one small change, you open the door to make more changes.

Your thoughts determine how you feel and behave.  Your thoughts determine what you eat and whether or not you work out.

You have about 60K thoughts per day:  (a) some are accurate, precise, and logical; (b) some are inaccurate and self-defeating.  I am trying to monitor my thoughts and find out what are the inaccurate and self-defeating ones so I can transform them to empowering ones.

It is helpful to visualize a line in front of you, after which you cross over, your new life will begin.  For me, I want the new life to be one where I am slender, fit, flexible, strong and energetic (not to mention fun and sexy).  I need to practice seeing myself cross over that line.

A study of successful versus un-successful people shows that the distinction between the two groups has to do with goals versus wishes.  Clear, specific, achievable goal setting is a practice among the successful people, whereas "wishes" characterize the losers.

For each goal I set, I need to (a) see it; (b) say it; and (c) write it.

It is important to commit to something, so the book had me write out and sign this statement:  I, Kerri Warmus, will continue to read "Think Thin, Be Thin" and put some of the suggestions to work for me.

I am working on goal setting and have set a goal that in six weeks (March 27th), I will fit into size 10 pants.  I am currently wearing size 12 and they are too tight around the middle.  I am finding after just one day of setting this goal, that it is making me take my behavior-of-the-moment more seriously.  It isn't as easy to say "oh, I'll start tomorrow" when you have seen, said, and written a goal of being a size 10 in 6 weeks.  So I am experiencing the power of goal setting already.  I have never liked to be so structured, as it usually causes me to rebel.  But most of my rebellious behavior bites me in the butt and it's time to rebel only when it is in my best interest--rather than as a matter of habit.

I am working on a set of daily goals.  So far, I have:
1.  Plan for success, meaning I need to plan (the night before or the morning of) to have a successful day of healthy habits;
2.  Carry some fruit in my purse in case of emergencies;
3.  Read, at a minimum, 5 pages of my current book-of-the-moment healthy book;
4.  Blog about my experiences to keep me on track and accountable;
5.  Ride my horse or do yoga;
6.  Take vitamins;
7.  Drink at least 6 glasses of water;
8.  Eat greens with every meal or 3x per day;
9.  Make and drink a juice using my juicer;
10.  20 minutes of aerobics (choose:  jog, dance, DVD, bike ride);
11.  Eat at least 3 fruits;
12.  Measure my blood pressure;
13.  No watching movies until after 9pm;

I think I'll print these out and check them off each day and report on my successes.  I hope you have a happy, healthy day today!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Last of the falling leaves

Photos from our backyard...enjoying the last of the falling leaves...

  We live with a levee in our front yard and the rain has made it beautiful.  We aren't allowed to plant anything on the levee, so it's often a bleak view.  But now, after the rain, it's so green and pretty.  The last leaves on the trees and grapevines are so beautiful and somehow wistful.  I feel strengthened by the assurance of the changing seasons.  I love the changing view from our back door window...oddly, it's the best view available in the house.

If you can, please pray for Katherine.  The writer of this blog teaches me so much about faith.  I can't get my mind around how strong and true she is.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yarn Along 12/12/12

Joining Ginny's lovely blog today...

My son, Ian, visited recently and suggested that I knit him something for Christmas this year.  I enjoyed showing him the Ravelry site and looking for fun and quirky patterns.  One of the patterns he selected was the Jayne hat, inspired by the Firefly series.  As a beginner knitter, I find it liberating to create a hat where imperfections are celebrated, if not required (smile).  It's my first time knitting double-stranded, which I thought would be challenging but was actually nice and easy.  Next up is adding the bright red ear flaps and then the pom pom.

Joaquin loves to pretend he's a firefighter and he enjoys wearing hats made by "Mama" when it's cold so I have high hopes that he will love this hat.  I wasn't familiar with the FPdc stitch, so enjoyed/hated learning a new stitch.  Took a few tries to figure it out, but it's coming along now--thank goodness for YouTube and the giving souls who post videos on how to knit/crochet!  Should be done in time for Christmas.

I am reading Soul Surfer and so far it's a quick, easy read.  Bethany is sweet and tough, an endearing combination.  I feel discomfort when I read of the accident details because I feel a squeamish sort of pleasure due to a creepy sense of curiosity of horrific events.  I don't like that about myself, I guess it's just part of being human.  The peek into Bethany's reality is uplifting; she is very matter-of-fact about her faith, which I admire.

I do enjoy reading through the links on Ginny's Yarn Along and seeing all the inspiring projects.  Hope you join in!

The fudge pictured is our 2nd best-selling flavor "Chocolate Caramel Brownie".  It's my own recipe, created for my brownie-loving husband.  It's available to ship for the holidays in a 1-pound gift box or as part of our Best Sellers variety box, featuring 5 other flavors.  If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, please take a peek at our store's web site and consider ordering some delicious fudge for your family or friends.   Thank you :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

After the rain...

After the rain, the leaves are down and the air is clean.  There are puddles and mud everywhere, which delights Joaquin.  We set out for our usual walk around the grape fields, but turned back after a bit because our boots got heavier and heavier with mud.

The photos of the falling down barns are not due to the storm.  They are projects for our landlord and we suspect will keep him busy for quite some time.  Nice for us because he often brings his 3 children with him and Joaquin loves to play with them.  They are nice kids; I enjoy having them around.  Until we finish up with our foster licensing tasks (build a fence, organize our "moving" boxes that are not yet un-packed, child-proof the house, get the well water tested, and finish up with our training classes), Joaquin is all alone here on the farm.  We setup play dates for him, but it's not the same as having kids around to play with day after day.  Soon...we hope to have at least 2 more children.

In cooking news, I tried this recipe for Korma and it was easy, delicious, and healthy!  Win, win, win!  I made salad, using homemade Grapefruit/Orange Ginger Marmalade in the dressing.  We really liked it.  Aren't we lucky to cook in an era of easily found internet recipes?

From my reading "The Prideful Soul's Guide to Humility" by Thomas Jones and Michael Fontenot (to work to overcome chronic peevishness (see previous blog entry)):
Humility is the way to God's heart.  God doesn't receive us on the basis of our performance.  He receives us on the basis of heart, and no quality of heart is more important to him than humility.  Jesus said 'Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'  Humility is the fundamental of all fundamentals, the cardinal virtue, the only root from which the graces can grow.  Humility is the most crucial attitude we can ever have.  (This is bad news for me for I am terribly proud and it pollutes my whole life.)
The reward for the quest for humility is found in the fact that it draws us ever closer to the heart of God -- the very place for which we were made. 
Pride is at the heart of all sin.  Pride is wasteful.  Pride is as wicked as it gets. 
Chapter 1 Question:  What evidence is there that you take seriously the sin of pride in your life.
         My answer:  None; except the purchase of books on humility that are, until now, un-read.

I once wondered aloud to myself while driving down the freeway one late and stormy night:  "Hey Kerri, do you think maybe pride is at the root of all your problems?"  BAM!  A log flew out of the truck on the road in front of me and shattered my windshield.  I took that as a sign that God wanted me to know that I was onto something.

This concept that our reward for successfully creating an attitude of humility is that we will live closer to God--incredibly helpful to me and provides the first real hope I have felt in a long time.  I have been very cut off from God even though I talk to him every day, throughout the day.  I have felt completely without any hope that I would have any chance of getting into heaven.  I mean this with all my heart, I'm not being coy.  I just have felt that I am too unwilling to make the changes that are needed to allow my heart to grow into the kind of heart that would be chosen.  I know that it isn't our deeds that will make that happen, it's our hearts.  And mine has been cold, and without hope for a long while (much to the devil's utter delight, I am sure.)  I am too much in love with pride and worldly things, take too much pleasure in being sarcastic and judgemental, and too unwilling to open my heart up to the things that are not of this physical world.  And frankly, too afraid to let go.  I cling, cling, cling to thoughts and things that are not pleasing to God.  I've made little effort to change this, and each time I get started, I just get distracted.  I've also felt that my efforts are just futile.  Am I alone in this?

Focusing on humility might just provide a pathway to success.  I am still very afraid, but now have some hope.  Hope feels really good.  A nice change.