Facing the Truth

Have you ever been witness to the release of a Chinese lantern?  I experienced it in person  over the summer with my wife’s family and it was an absolute thing of beauty.

The flame is lit and the temperature of the air inside the lantern increases while you hold onto it.  As the air inside the lantern heats up, it gets lighter and lighter until that magic moment when it it is so much lighter than the air around it that you can release it and watch it float away into the sky.

My hope, in writing this post, is that I will have a new found lightness that frees me from some of the self-limiting talk that is holding me back at the moment.  It’s as though the spirit inside me is heating up and is so light now that the pain of continuing to hold on is greater than the potential pain that will come from taking the risk.

This is my act of letting the lantern go.

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I Have to be Writing More

Have you ever had a recurring thought that just keeps coming up?  Something that has to get out of your brain and out into the world?  That’s where I’ve been for a while now.

This thought, unfortunately, is this amorphous blob though.  Its shape is constantly changing. It’s color. It’s texture. Everything about it is in flux. All. The. Time.   The process of holding it in though is becoming more “painful” than releasing it.  The amorphous thought blob just wants a chance to be known and understood.  Don’t we all?

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Are You Ready for Winter?

I live in suburban Philadelphia. We are FINALLY having temperatures that make sense for fall and the daylight hours are decreasing.

The approach to winter is a challenging one for me because I do think that the lack of sunlight and the cold weather affect my mood pretty significantly. My coworkers were surprised to hear me complain because I’m from Minnesota. Minnesota has a reputation for its winters. I’ve actually been able to convince more than one person, without too much effort, that it snows all year there.

You do know that’s not true, right?

The point here is that being from Minnesota, the Philadelphia winters should be a piece of cake to survive. The fact of the matter is that they are if you just look at the temperature.

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My Approach to Bright Line Eating Recipes

old recipe book on counter with several cooking supplies

Every Wednesday, Susan Pierce Thompson, the founder of Bright Line Eating , puts out a weekly video blog. I’ll link to it below if you want to watch it.  The topic for the week was the place of Bright Line Eating recipes within the food plan.  This really piqued my interest.  In this prior post, I talked about how I’m learning to break away from the cookbook mentality but I started reflecting even more on this topic as a result of the vlog.  This is an important topic and it warrants a bit more time and energy, hence this post.

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Potential Barriers to Eating Healthy – Convenience

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I recently polled people regarding the biggest challenges they face when it comes to eating healthy.

The first response I got was this: “My biggest challenge is convenience… if it takes less time to pop a frozen pizza in the oven than make a healthy salad, the pizza wins.” – Emma

I can definitely resonate with that!  Breaking the frozen pizza habit was a challenging one.  I was even content with eating the cheapo pizzas so it was convenient and relatively inexpensive.  A very nice combination! Not buying them anymore proved to be the only effective way to stop eating them.

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No More Cookbooks Please!

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I have tried a lot of “diets” and if there was a cookbook available, I at least seriously considered getting it. I think the first I bought was the South Beach Diet followed by the LA Weightloss Cookbook.  Several years later, I tried a 7 day intense cleanse and most recently, I bought the Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook.  Also in the mix was a neat book called “How to Cook Without a Book” which I highly recommend if you want to learn to cook more easily.

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What is a picture worth?

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I took to Instagram a few weeks ago as a way to share what I’ve been eating on my food plan and to get ideas and inspiration.  I found that AND I also learned an important lesson.

There are a lot of people getting introduced to Bright Line Eating (www.brightlineeating.com) and there are more and more users on IG everyday sharing beautifully composed photos of tasty looking food.  Check out #brightlineeating and #brightlinebites if you are curious.  Some of the pictures look too good to eat.

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