Monthly Archives: March 2013

Journey Journal: Days 84-87

Day 84: Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday to “My Journey To Lean” blog! It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I started this blog–and even longer since I first started blogging.(July 28, 2005 was my first ever blogpost!…almost 8 years ago now!) Lots has changed since it started, but I’m still enjoying the journey, and I hope you are too!

Bryan made up some scrambled eggs and warmed up some leftover ham with a little maple syrup for breakfast before work. It was really good.

For lunch, I had the ham and bean soup we made yesterday with a side salad. The soup was started by making ham broth out of the bone from Sunday dinner’s baked ham. After simmering for several hours, I discarded the bone and strained the broth (yielded about 12 cups), reserving as much ham as I could. Then I sautéed onion, carrots, and garlic in some olive oil with salt, pepper, a couple of bay leaves, crushed red pepper, and worcestershire sauce in the stockpot. I added about half of the broth back in, along with the ham meat (about 2 c.), a bag of frozen kale, and 1 cup each of dry red beans and dry Northern beans, and let it simmer for about 4 more hours, till the beans were perfect.

Had an adventure this afternoon when Bryan’s keys fell out of his pocket onto the carseat (after he had locked the car door). Oops. Then we realized we hadn’t made a copy for this car’s keys yet. Oops again. Fortunately, we were able to use a couple coat hangers and screwdrivers to get the keys. I’m actually surprised this was the first time we’ve had to do this–too bad it was one of the colder days of the year, and his jacket got locked inside the car with the keys (of course).

Day 85: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Long, busy day. We’re hitting crunch time with various deadlines at the office, and I’m working diligently on my multi-tasking skills. For lunch, the whole office headed to Brick Street Cafe for a special celebration lunch for Katie, our bookkeeper who is retiring after this week. She is an incredible asset and will be greatly missed! After work, I ran home for a quick supper of scrambled eggs and grilled ham (this time using cane syrup–actually turned out even better than the maple). Then I was off to meet a bride, her MOH, and her mom for a flower consult for her wedding this August! Finished the day with a cup of TAZO Zen green tea.

Day 86: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Another busy day. Another ham soup lunch. And actually had ham soup with salad and a hearty bread for dinner too. And finally made it to Goga today–especially enjoyed the lymphatic massage and infrared sauna portions!

Day 87: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lunch was a chunk of hearty bread, a freshly sliced tomato, and some warm ham with spicy mustard. It hit the spot! Mom arrived for a brief visit tonight! Had the last of the ham and bean soup with a side salad and the last of the hearty bread for dinner. It really hit the spot. And it’s always good to have mother-daughter time! Finished the day with a French Press of Columbian coffee, a handful of almonds, a square of dark chocolate, and good conversation with mom.

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Journey Journal: Day 83

Day 83: Sunday, March 24, 2013 – Palm Sunday!

Today we had a great service about welcoming one another! For Journey Group, the 1st through 6th grade got to listen to a dramatic reading about Davey the Donkey called The Donkey Who Carried a King, the story of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (from the donkey’s point of view). After the story time, we reviewed the story and discussed some application questions while the kids worked on coloring and cutting out palm branches with the John 12:13 verse: “So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!'” (craft found here: Palm branch – Hosanna). Then we taught the kids the first verse and chorus of the song “Hosanna” (sample here).

For lunch, we had some family and friends over and made a ham, mashed red potatoes, and a big salad, followed by several rounds of Dutch Blitz. For dinner, we had leftover spaghetti and more salad (since the pot of ham and bean soup wasn’t quite ready at dinner time).

“Love to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week” from John Piper

Desiring God Ministries has a free download available of a new devotional by John Piper. “Love to the Uttermost” provides a devotional reading for each day beginning with Palm Sunday and going through Easter Sunday. I’m looking forward to reading this, and thought you might find it to be a helpful resource as well.

Click on the image above to link to Desiring God’s page, where you can download a free PDF, EPUB (for Nook and iBooks), or MOBI (for Kindle) file.

Note: As I have not read this resource yet, I should qualify that opinions and doctrine expressed in the materials do not necessarily reflect my own.

Journey Journal: Days 78-82

Day 78-82: Tuesday-Saturday, March 19-23, 2013

More of the same. Eating right. Exercising. Goga twice. Walked twice. Some light strength and flexibility training. Still on a bit of a plateau with the weight loss. Looking forward to warmer temperatures…hopefully soon…so I can get outside on a more regular basis.

This week was quite busy at the office, juggling multiple projects and deadlines. Thankfully, one of our biggest projects for the year got sent off just in the knick of time! Highlights of this week included a picnic lunch and walk with my friend Jan, dinner and a movie with our new neighbors, and this morning’s French Press of hot, Columbian coffee with coconut milk.

My favorite meal this week was one of the following: pumpkin black bean soup with crushed tortilla chips; a mixed green salad with hard boiled eggs, bacon, carrots, red onion, red pepper, goat cheese, and sweet celery seed dressing; or the onion, pepper, egg, and goat cheese quesadilla I made this morning.

Journey Journal: Days 72-77

Day 72: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Today was a green smoothie day. Breakfast’s smoothie included spinach, lettuce, carrot, ginger, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger root and honey–tasted like a spicy lemonade! Lunch’s smoothie included spinach, carrots, a frozen banana, strawberries, blackberries, ginger, lemon juice, and honey–very different than breakfast, and still quite good. For dinner, I made a stir-fry of rice, black-eyed peas, a scrambled egg, peppers, onions, garlic, and tomato. Bryan got home from work a couple hours later and I had a small portion of mac-n-cheese with him. Surprisingly, after being off dairy for basically a month or more, and after having loads of antioxidants all day, the dairy did not affect me nearly as much as it used to! So, apparently it’s not quite an allergy, but I still had some sinus issues the next day, so it’s still something I want to avoid as much as possible.

Day 73: Thursday, March 14, 2013

Highlight of today was lunch with Bryan and our friends Dave & Rachel downtown Greenville! I had fish tacos–no sour cream, but they were still delicious, topped with guacamole and Pico de Gallo. We always have a good time with them. Met up with Leigh at Goga after work for a workout and some sauna time–always a stress-reliever.

Day 74: Friday, March 15, 2013

Lunch with my mother-in-law at Ruby Tuesdays. Went with the Caribbean Chicken & Coconut-Crusted Shrimp, with sugar snap peas and their garden bar. It was a nice visit, and I really enjoyed the food. After work, my friend Carissa came over with her adorable puppy for a stroll around the neighborhood…and a good chat.

Day 75: Saturday, March 16, 2013

Started the day with Goga, after sleeping in and a quick bowl of cereal with almond milk and blackberries. Then worked for a couple of hours, did some errands and chores, went on a short walk–still, it was a bit of an “off” day, for whatever reason. I think we all have those from time to time–maybe it’s because I cheated with the dairy this week a little, or the barometric pressure whiplash of the season change, or the fact that I’m on a plateau with my weight loss, or whatever it is that throws us occasionally. I made pumpkin black bean soup and had that for lunch and supper with a few corn tortilla chips.

Day 76: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fortunately, had a good night’s sleep. Grabbed a banana and some nuts for breakfast before heading out the door for church. Had a fabulous day of services at Heritage. J.D. Crowley, missionary to Cambodia, preached from Romans 7 and 8 in the morning service, and Danny Brooks preached from Galatians in the evening. Sandwiched between was 2nd grade Journey Group, Chinese lunch buffet with our co-teacher Sarah, coffee, setting up for evening service, and some fresh air on a short walk. God is so good! After church, I had a long chat with a dear friend and mentor and witnessed an incredible sunset! Since we’ve been pretty good overall with our diet, we decided to splurge and have grilled beef franks with baked beans, coleslaw, and fruit salad.

Day 77: Monday, March 18, 2013

Had an apple and some trail mix for breakfast with coffee. Lunch was leftovers from last night. Had a productive day at work…especially for a rainy Monday. For dinner, I had a free spicy chicken sandwich from Chik-fil-a with a small order of waffle fries, followed by a free soy latte from Starbucks with a dear friend, Faith. We had a great conversation! Then I headed to Bible study with the ladies for a conversation about how big our God is, and how we should never try to constrain Him into our man-made, mental, miniature boxes. The Gospel is Power…for salvation…for sanctification…for wisdom…for life…stronger than any other power out there! Simply put, the Gospel is Jesus Christ!

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin

I heard this song on the radio this morning and it was an encouragement to me, so I wanted to share it with you all.

Journey Journal: Days 65-71

Day 65: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Finally made it to GOGA for the first time this week! Had a quick dinner before Shepherding Group.

Days 66-67: Thursday-Friday, March 7-8, 2013

Long couple of days. Didn’t sleep well. And it’s been windy and gloomy. Hopefully it will warm up for the weekend.

 

Day 68: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Finally! Sunshine! Slept in a bit, ran some errands, went to GOGA, and finished out the day by a few hours of weeding.

Day 69: Sunday, March 10, 2013

Another sunny day. I cannot express how thankful I am for our church family! After a quick lunch, a group of the young adults from church headed to Paris Mountain for a 4.5 mile hike, followed by a dinner of grilled burgers, coleslaw, apples, carrots, celery with peanut butter and raisins, and berry pie!

Day 70: Monday, March 11, 2013

I do not like Daylights Savings Time! That is all.

Day 71: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Busy day, but very productive! I love days like this. Had a delicious leftover burger for lunch, wrapped in lettuce instead of on a bun. Carrots and peppers with hummus, an apple, and a piece of dark chocolate. Went for a 1.5 mile walk after work. Thankful for sunshine this afternoon again. And had a dinner of BBQ turkey sandwich with slaw and the last slice of berry pie.

Journey Journal: Days 61-64

Day 61: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Slept in, which felt great after several late nights last week–been reading a new novel that’s been hard to put down…more on that later. Spent most of the day with my sister and nephews. Then Bryan and I grabbed coffees at Starbucks and went on a drive–one of our favorite dates–driving through the countryside and several small towns for about two hours before dinner. Made a large batch of Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup, which consisted of carrots, leeks, garlic, tri-colored bell peppers, daikon root, spinach, fresh sage, curry powder, vegetable bouillon, and red lentils, and was topped with fresh cilantro. It turned out very flavorful. If desired, a little sriracha sauce or crushed red pepper flakes would add a nice, extra kick to the dish. Serve with hearty bread, if desired.

Day 62: Sunday, March 3, 2013

Day of Worship. Day of Rest. Lunch with Bryan’s folks–it was good to see them again. We started with a small bowl of the Curried Vegetable Lentil Soup and Homemade Bread, then had a London Broil dinner (seen below), and finished with berries, dark chocolate, and walnuts for dessert. Since I had to make the potatoes dairy-free, I decided to add a little beef broth, a pinch of marjoram and garlic, and two tablespoons of mayonnaise (instead of butter and sour cream). They tasted great–even I was surprised! Of course, the gravy is a secret recipe, which makes everything taste amazing.

London Broil, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Sauteed Onion, Pepper, Mushroom Medley

London Broil, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and a Sautéed Onion, Pepper, Mushroom Medley

Day 63: Monday, March 4, 2013

Down another 2 pounds last week! Very excited! Had a slice of homemade bread for breakfast and leftover London Broil with sides for lunch. It was a long day, and I wasn’t feeling the greatest, so after work, I ended up having soup for dinner with fresh bread, sweet tea, and a good book (or at least, it’s good so far–I withhold full judgment until I’ve completed the reading).

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Dinner and a book…

Day 64: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hearty oatmeal breakfast with berries, almonds, and a touch of maple syrup, accompanied by two turkey sausage links and coffee. Lunch of curried vegetable lentil soup with my friend Shannah (the last of this batch of soup), and a “vegetable salad” she made that had cabbage, carrots, onions, red peppers, and a sweet celery seed vinaigrette dressing. After work, came home to burgers with guacamole for dinner with a side of sweet potato fries. Thank you, Bryan! Now, to finish that book…or at least come close… Good night.

Late Skate: Charity Event for Todd Lurtey TONIGHT

Screen Shot 2013-03-01 at 8.27.32 PMThis event is to raise money for the Lurtey family to help with expenses incurred as a result of Todd Lurtey’s Battle with cancer.

Todd and his family are active members of our church and an amazing testimony of God’s strength and hope. Todd turns 16 next week and has been battling cancer since early fall 2012. Tonight’s activities is at the Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors, South Carolina, and will include Ice Skating, Bounce House, Indoor Soccer and more! Family friendly.

Video created by Todd’s cousin Quinn.

$10 at the Door (suggested donation per person)

  • 80% of the proceeds from this event will go to the Lurtey Family.
  • 20% will be donated to cancer related beneficiaries in Todd’s name.

If you are unable to join the late skate, there is still an option to assist with expenses by either mailing a check or donating online. Checks may be made payable to: Lurtey Family Fund, 2502-B Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29615. For additional information regarding the event or donating online, please see the event website: http://drumcreative.com/toddlurtey.

One of Praying for Todd Lurtey‘s friends has made a generous offer to go along with the Late Skate: Charity Event for Todd Lurtey. “Pledge to give $40 or more and receive a pound of this special ‘Beans on a Mission’ blend.” For more information please see Jonathan Pait’s link: http://www.idoitfor.org/toddlurtey/.

Micah Pretlove wrote a prayer guide for the Lurtey family:

  1. Todd personally
    1. Healing – IF it is God’s will
    2. Pain – that there won’t be much
    3. Comfort/peace – that he would really feel it
  2. His family
    1. Understanding – to know God’s will
    2. Rest – they’re exhausted
    3. Endurance – they will get through this
  3. Together as a family
    1. Closeness – continued bonding
    2. Fun
    3. Continued examples of Christlikeness

Todd got to be on Your Carolina this week, with his cousin and uncle, promoting this Late Skate Charity Event! Check it out here: http://www.yourcarolina.tv/video/entry/late_skate/. What a sweet testimony of God’s grace during extremely difficult times!

Journey Journal: Days 57-60

Day 57: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Homemade whole wheat toast with organic coconut spread and apricot jam for breakfast, along with a cup of fresh apple slices. Twenty minutes of Goga at lunch, followed by veggie stir-fry. Curry with chicken and mushrooms for dinner, along with strawberries, almonds, and a little dark chocolate for dessert.

Day 58: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Same breakfast as yesterday. I’m really enjoying the coconut spread! Leftover curry and rice for lunch. Twenty minutes of Goga after work, followed by a quick veggie stir-fry supper, then off to prayer meeting.

Day 59: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Multi-grain Cheerios with Coconut Almond milk and a banana for breakfast.

Today marked one month at Goga, which means measurements! Over 10 body points, I dropped a total 8 inches and 7 pounds in one month! Not only is it a good workout and a relaxing stress reliever, it actually works! After another 20 minute session of Goga, I stopped home quickly for a roast beef wrap with spinach, onion, mushroom, and peppers, accompanied by steamed broccoli and a strawberry-kiwi fruit salad.

Tonight, we were invited over to a family’s house from church. She made an amazing Chinese dinner, with dumplings, fried rice, veggies, and cashew chicken–we even ate with chopsticks. We had such a good time talking that we had to pull ourselves away around midnight, since we had work the next day. So thankful for the bond of Christ!

Day 60: Friday, February 29, 2013

Peanut butter on homemade whole wheat bread for breakfast. A simple roast beef and spinach wrap for lunch, with some pepper strips and baby carrots. Dinner was raisin bran with dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and a banana with almond coconut milk. Had a later snack of more raw veggies. No workout today–rest day! And hopefully an early bedtime.