It is crucial for you to understand what meditation is. It is not some special posture, and it's not just a set of mental exercises. Meditation is the cultivation of mindfulness and the application of that mindfulness once cultivated. You do not have to sit to meditate. You can meditate while washing the dishes. You can meditate in the shower, or roller skating, or typing letters. Meditation is awareness, and it must be applied to each and every activity of one's life. This isn't easy.
-Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"
Ok, I said I was never going to diet again but I have been reading this book about this diet and am going to give it a shot. Why, because it says it targets belly fat of which I have lots and I can't seem to get rid of it, and because of all the diets out there this really is a sensible one you could live with that really does what it says. I am not going to do it right away however because I still want to eat pineapple for awhile to aide with my healing and swelling and I have a ton of fruit around. I also have a ton of brown rice and whole grain multigrain breads. I am going to eat all that stuff up and then give it a shot. On this diet I am not sure how phase 1 will go with my night job. The way I have been eating now I fit it around my schedule, it might be harder to do on the south beach, but phase 1 is only for 2 weeks and I can handle that if I do the first week on my week off. I will miss my beloved rice cake, now multigrain cakes and apples with peanut butter or applesauce but they are not banned forever. I will also miss beer which I have kept in my diet but limited. I have to decide what I want more. Less belly, less beer. Sounds like I have a problem with beer, I don't, I just like it.
South Beach has lots of processed foods out these days. I will not eat any of those and hear alot about the bad things that have happened to the program lately. I do think if you do it from scratch the way it was originally intended it is a good program. The problems will be supper. Can I fix it so my family doesn't have to have a different meal? My husband can still afford to lose some weight but my son can't. He is lean as it is. I don't think he has any body fat and I don't want him to lose anymore. He did lose 5 pounds when I started cooking different. I will also miss an occasional pizza. Also short term. I know lots of people who have had success with this and would welcome any comments from anyone reading this journal who have used it. Any recipes also would be great. Also I hear there is a cookbook, worth buying? Remember I can not afford alot of weird and hard to find items. I live in Iowa and fresh seafood is hard to get.
I am going nuts not going to the gym and since I am again feeling so much better I will go this afternoon. I need to work off some tension from messing with my disabilty company.
I am going to ask the doctor if I can go back to work on the 5th. My disability is all screwed up with their new plan and I have no money coming in so far. My husband doesn't work, so it is going to get very lean around here shortly. My son is giving me some money which is great and he should anyway, but I can't afford to stay off as long as she wants. I am going to complain bitterly to the benefit office about this new way of doing your benefits. Who's wonderful idea was this? Obviously someone who doesn't live check to check.
It is almost 10 and I haven't eaten breakfast yet. Better get busy. Maybe I'll just have a slim fast, I am not hungry.