Monday, November 11, 2013

The Wisdom of Balanced Eating

Quick phone picture of my breakfast set up yesterday morning!
 
 
Yesterday I found myself alone in the house on a cozy Sunday morning.  My husband had taken our youngest son rock climbing in Joshua Tree, and, having already attended church Saturday evening, I spent a lazy morning drinking coffee and puttering around the house before doing some gardening.

I have a longstanding history of dieting.  Never happy with my body, I have starved it, run it into the ground with exercise, and tried any supplement I could come across to slim it down.  My bookshelves have seen every diet book known to man, and I have tried nearly every program out there. 

In a nutshell, I am DONE.  I am not dieting, not counting calories, and no longer running marathons.  An odd thing has taken over me and it appears to be the voice of WISDOM.  I have thrown away the idea of a lovely number on the scale in favor of REASON.  Eating this way means eating God-made foods, eating reasonable portions, and eating a balance.  I am actually eating real butter, real mayo, and real chocolate (formerly forbidden foods) now and saying "no" to artificial sweeteners, packaged foods, skipping meals, and calorie counting.  My favorite exercise now is simply walking.  The countless hours spent in a gym are all behind me.

Have I lost weight eating and exercising this way?  No.  Maybe I will over time, maybe not.  But listening to this inner wisdom has been incredibly freeing.  In my case, a God-send.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Early November...and still Orange!

Hello there! 
 
I realize that after Halloween time, many people opt to use their pumpkins for baking or seed-roasting.  Or perhaps they just trash them.  I prefer to hang on to them.
 
Now that the kids are older (17 and 20) we typically do not carve our pumpkins.   Instead, I leave them by the front door and in the house for my November "decorations."  If they are not carved, pumpkins can last for several months without spoiling.  Once December arrives, we compost them, often exchanging them for pretty Poinsettias.  :)
 
 
pretty mums tie all of the orange together...
 
The older (and hopefully wiser) I get, the less I really care about how "proper" or "amazing" my décor is.  Instead of adding my usual orchid to this silver trophy ice bucket, I just plopped one of the pumpkins in as a sort of "topiary."  ;)  It is unexpected and I like that.

...and the winner is...orange!
 
I did a similar "plop" for my dining room table "centerpiece."  I like how the orange ties in with the blue and white platter underneath.  I don't really care that the pot and platter are unusual friends (see what I mean?!).
 

 
 
In preparation for my next someday (beach) house, I am finding myself morphing away from all the reds and greens I have been comfortable with for so long and slowly replacing them with more blue.  I have been pinning ideas for this NEXT HOUSE (click HERE! to see them...I think the look is awesome!).  The idea is clean...black, white, and blue, with a bit of an elegant "beach-y" vibe.   
 
 

I am slowly morphing to more blue in the home....here is a mishmash of color and style, yet I still think it works!).

 

Our mantle from late September will stay the same....
Our front door décor typically stays the same for 2 months....then I get to change it up for Christmas!

 
HAPPY EARLY NOVEMBER!
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