2009 Comes To An End

by HEAB on December 31, 2009

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To reader Morgan, every time I try to email you, it is blocked by a spam firewall. Do you have another email address?

So, I’ve learned a lot this past year from my blogging experience, and I’m about to tell you some things that I thought I would never say on my blog, but it’s my blog. So, here goes.

Lessons learned in 2009:

1) I will forever be experimenting with what I eat. I seem to get bored with one way of eating and then get super excited about a “new plan”, and that’s okay. I eat for myself and no one else.

2) Just because many people can and need to eat at least 2500 calories or more a day, I cannot eat that much. I gain weight easily, and that is the hand I was dealt. No biggie, I just can’t eat sugar and carbs all day long. I am blessed with so many things in life, and the last thing I should fret about is that I can’t eat as much as some.

3) I need to stay true to myself and not get caught up in the blogosphere food trends.

4) I do not do well with labels. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, raw, etc. I do not use these labels for health or moral reasons like many of you do. I use them so that I can restrict my eating. I have never had a problem with binging, but I can restrict with the best of them. Therefore, I want to never put a label on the way I eat again. The only foods I have trouble with are soy and dairy, and those are the only two food groups I should be restricting.

5) I do not want to eat nothing but veggies all day and look unhealthy and frail. Been there, done that, and I was miserable. I want to look vibrant and strong. I want to glow, and I want to eat the foods that make me happy, including some choices that are frowned upon by many…*cough* sugar free syrups, low carb/high fiber tortillas, and other diet/fake foods. Let’s face it, I could be eating much worse. OK, so the sugar free vanilla Coffee-Mate is horrible, but I like it. 😉

6) I know not everything I eat is perfect, but I’m not aiming to be perfect, just healthy, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging, it’s that my idea of healthy may not be your idea of healthy. So, let’s not judge each other, okay?

The above statements have been weighing heavy on my heart, and I just needed to get them out there for my own benefit. Yes, I started blogging to help others, but I can’t help others if I don’t take care of myself first. Sometimes HEAB forgets to love on HEAB. :)

Some major HEAB lovin going on this morning…

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That would be me making protein pancakes (usual recipe, but with 4 whipped egg whites and 1/4 cup wheat bran blended into batter) on my new pancake griddle (gift from my mama and papa), drinking a mug of coffee brewed by our new coffee maker, all while wearing the scarf Deb knitted for me. Yes, I wear scarves all winter long, even indoors.

Finished product…

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Yummy pancakes with soy-free Earth Balance, cinnamon, maca, maple syrup and a big blob of Deb’s Holy Mole nut butter. Why have I never owned a pancake griddle before?!?

Happy New Year my friends! Tonight, we will be celebrating Christmas with my family here in Nashville. However, CD is still battling the Swine Flu, and now my brother and sister-in-law might have it as well. :( Please send some healing prayers their way.

Some major changes coming up for the month of January. Exciting stuff…stay tuned!