Friday, March 7, 2014

What's Making Me Happy: March 7

It's been two weeks since my last WMMH. (Why do I feel the sudden urge to say "Bless me, Father?") In those two weeks, I've nearly got myself back to my goal weight. Like most people, I tend to pack a few pounds on in the winter, and somehow it never magically falls off. I have to make it go away. This time, I've made it go away not by counting/restricting calories, but by fairly dramatically increasing fat. I've been eating low-carb fairly consistently for about a decade now, but going high-fat is relatively new. I like it! Here's a typical lunch:


Now that is making me happy. What you see there is one avocado, on a bed of arugula, with a bit of goat-cheese gouda. (You can get that cheese at Trader Joe's: try it. It's amazing.) The salad is sprinkled with pine nuts, sea salt, and black pepper. A squeeze of fresh lime juice and a drizzle of really high-quality olive oil tops it all off. It may not look substantial, but it kept me full the rest of the day. I hardly wanted dinner. (I made this salad up: this wonderful book has inspired me to make up lots of salads—thanks to Suze for recommending it.) 

So that's a lifestyle change (see more here, here, and here) with definite results that's making me happy. And here's what else has made me smile:

This band. Because a mix of J-pop, idol, and heavy metal had to happen.

This video of Daisy, Cooper, and ice cream.

This little boy: if only more people like him were in Congress.

These mother-daughter pairs around the world, a gallery put together in honor of International Women's Day 2014.

And finally, thirty-five reasons to have faith in humanity, all in one place. Which is your favorite? I think mine is #31.

Happy Friday, everyone!

6 comments:

  1. Cayden Taipalus has me weep-cheering with hope and joy!! Thank you so very much for that, Stephanie!

    And, um, can you come over and make lunch for me? Please.

    xx

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    1. Let me just unfurl my wings and I'll be there in a jif!

      The really great thing is that Caydan's not alone. Another tale of a generous boy pops up after that video finishes. I think our children's generation is shaping to be amazing. World-changing.

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  2. That actually does not look bad, even though I am really craving cheese fondue.

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    1. Veggies dipped in cheese fondue? Sounds perf. Why choose? :D

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  3. I came here for a quickie, and ended up hanging around long enough to check out all your darned links, you evil evil woman.

    Of those 35 reasons, #31 brought tears to my eyes. All of them are wonderful, but that one really got to me, big-time. Acceptance is such a special gift, especially when it comes from a parent.

    Take care, and have a super weekend. (You're not really evil... just a temptress. Not YOUR fault I have so little resistance.)

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    1. No, no ... I assure you. I am completely evil. >:D

      (I got all sniffly over #31 too.)

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