Thursday, October 25, 2012

Stay Positive! Journey post #3

For me, the most important part of any project or the "race" is staying positive.  Rather than making a list of all the bad stuff I have eaten lately or the negative stuff that we do to sabotage our health I'm going to share the good stuff.

We don't watch TV!  I'll be more specific.  We do not have cable because there isn't much to watch and because it is a waste of our time.  We watch the occasional movie or documentary on Netflix.  Let's face it, "reality" TV is not reality!

We eat salad or veggies every day.  Salads are usually with homemade dressing.  I use the Apple Cider Viniagrette recipe and have for years. 

We eat almost all of our meals at home.  The last time we went out to eat was September for my Birthday.
Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash
Most days I drink 8 glasses or more of plain water.
We do not drink soda.

We workout together.  Our strict regimen of 4-5 times per week has suffered quite a bit but we still do it together.

I don't use a lot of canned food in our meals.  Most of what I cook is fresh.  I'm working on home-canning a few things such as black beans and green beans but I'm waiting until the weather cools down a bit.
Apricot Cranberry Jelly
Whatever baked goodies we eat are homemade.  Store bought goodies can be chemical laden and contain much more fat and sugar than what I make at home.

We have a small garden where we grow heirloom veggies!  Even if you don't have room for a large garden, herbs are so easy to grow. {not to mention cheap}  By growing some of our veggies and herbs at home we:
-Save money (especially on herbs)
-Eat healthier produce since we don't use chemicals and pesticides
-Help the environment since our food didn't have far to travel (20 feet)
-Get more exercise while out in the garden

We use Heirloom Seeds in our garden.  
This allows me to harvest better produce and ensure a trustworthy supply of seeds for food year after year. 
It's a win win all around!  

That's it for now.  I'm sprouting and I'll be sharing the process in my journey.  I'm working on setting goals so once I'm finished I'll share the process.  If you'd like to join my journey just send me an email.  Let me know if you would like to share as a guest post.  My email is

BTW, the Coconut Oil Giveaway at Mary's Kitchen and the Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds Giveaway at It's Your Life are still going!

Until next time!  Enjoy my garden pics!
Dark Purple Opal Basil from seed

Baby Black Beauty Eggplant from seed
Cal Wonder Bell Pepper from seed

German Giant Radish from seed


Crystelle Boutique said...

You're my inspiration!

hugs ~ Crystelle

mary_smith said...

Awe Shucks! Thanks Crystelle!

DearHelenHartman said...

I would love to do at least some of what you do! I mean to do better but then...

Joyce said...

Ah Mary, we have done the same thing with TV, and you are right there was nothing really good on anyways. After I had my first child I discovered that my normal work out routine would be changed forever. I had to develop a new mind set, and do what ever I could when I could. I also developed a new saying that "Something is better than nothing."

mary_smith said...

DearHelen: There's no time like the present to get started!
Joyce: I agree "something is better than nothing." There are plenty of times that I just don't want to go to the gym. Once I get there, I'll at least do cardio...something!

Katherines Corner said...

we live very similar to you,minus the exercising together giggle. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy weekend wishes xo

Becca Acker said...

That is great to focus on what you ARE doing health-wise. WAY TO GO! Sounds like you and your family are making healthy choices. Thanks for linking this encouraging post at A Humble Bumble :) said...

Visiting from the Humble Bumble hop. Great job. Those bell peppers look so yummy!