Journey Journal: Days 14-23

Days 14-16: Monday through Wednesday, January 14-16, 2013

Still eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, and lean meats. Down 3 pounds so far. Finally broke down and bought an elliptical with some Christmas money. We did a lot of research and finally bit the bullet on the Nordic Track ACT Elliptical from Sears Outlet. It took three of us to get the box into the house, then we broke open the box and carried the individual parts upstairs (there was no way we would have made it up the stairs with the box intact). Only downside…they forgot to put the hardware in the box, so we’re waiting on the company to ship us the nuts and bolts to hold the thing together. In the meantime, it was a really rainy week, so I’ve missed my walks.

Creamy, Warm Curry Sauce + Citrusy, Fresh Slaw = Healthy Deliciousness!

Day 17: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bryan made steamed rice and sautéed chicken thighs with a coconut curry sauce. It was delicious! I tried a new recipe from Food & Wine Magazine: Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Peanuts and Pomegranate.  I used regular oil instead of olive and hazelnut oils (b/c I ran out), and I used chopped roasted raw peanuts instead of hazelnuts. I forgot to add the Parmigiano-Reggiano, but I’m sure that would be a great addition too. Very citrusy and fresh!

Days 18-19: Friday and Saturday, January 18-19, 2013

I enjoyed eating leftover Brussels Sprouts Slaw this weekend. Friday, I got to have coffee while walking with my good friend Ashley downtown. That evening, we had our new neighbors over for dinner. We had a really good time and I’m thankful for this new relationship. Saturday morning, my sister brought her boys over for some Wii Mario Kart and Bowling competitions. Always a blast!

Day 20: Sunday, January 20, 2013

Good service this morning at church. And really good conversation with Bryan about goals and ministry philosophy, etc. A quick lunch, then another Sunday afternoon hike with the young adult group and a healthful stir fry dinner afterwards!

Days 21-23: Monday through Wednesday, January 21-23, 2013

It’s been pretty busy at work this week so far, but it’s enjoyable work, so I don’t mind. I’ve been starting my mornings with oatmeal topped with baked apples, trail mix, and flax seed for breakfast with my coffee. Lunch has been simple and healthful leftovers. Still low on the exercise until the elliptical parts show up, since it’s finally gotten cold here, but I am tracking my food most days and down a total of 5 pounds now! Encouraged. Also encouraged by various relationships at church. We had church supper tonight before prayer meeting, and it was amazing to see the Body working together: preparing food, serving, cleaning up, praying, hugs, conversations, etc. So thankful for each of the friends God has given me–and that the Gospel is bigger than what stage of life we’re in–single, married with no kids, college students, widowed, divorced, teenagers, working moms, stay-at-home moms, retired, kids, etc. God is SO big!!

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