Today is the first day of spring and it is absolutely amazing weather!
It is also my birthday, today. I had set a goal for myself to be down to 250 lbs. though my nutrition plan is not focused on weight loss. Since I have started on The Maker's Diet, I have been losing weight at a fairly regular pace. I figured that I might as well set a goal for myself. When I set the goal, 250 lbs. seemed like a reachable goal, though not too simple.
Well, I haven't weighed myself yet. I honestly don't think that I have made it to that goal and I don't really care that much. I suppose that if weight loss were my primary reason for following the diet, I would be a little more anxious about it. Depending on how the day unfolds - if I have the time - I may get around to weighing myself to see how close I came to my goal.
It has been a busy day, already. This morning, I made French Toast again. I used the Ezekiel 4:9 bread for mine, but for everyone else I bought a loaf of Texas Toast at Trader Joe's yesterday. I think my cast iron skillet is finally seasoned properly. I had no issues with the egg sticking to it at all.
After breakfast, we drove down to Deerfield Farm to buy some more milk. On the way back, I went into It's Only Natural. I have been wanting to pick up a mortar and pestle so that I can grind my own spices and It's Only Natural has a decent selection to choose from. I also picked up a few other things - like Ezekiel 4:9 cinnamon raisin cereal! (This link is to the almond variety, but they don't seem to have the cinnamon raisin on their website) I am looking forward to trying this cereal out. It is a little pricey ($4.99 per box at I.O.N.) so I am sure that I will be using it only sparingly. It will be nice to have something to eat that is easily and quickly prepared (get bowl, pour cereal, add milk, eat!) - not to mention easy clean-up - when I just don't have the motivation to cook a meal.
After arriving home, I washed my newly acquired mortar and pestle and started preparing some Crispy Almonds. The almonds need to soak in filtered water and sea salt for 12 hours before being transferred to my food dehydrator. I liked the way they tasted when I added granulated garlic to the soaking solution, so I did that again.
For lunch - not being terribly hungry - I ate a RAW Revolution Coconut and Agave bar and an apple. Stop & Shop has three varieties of the RAW Revolution bars and they put them on sale for 3/$4.00. I figured I would at least give it a try. It was good, but it is not something that I will be eating too often (if at all). I really like what they have to say about food, though. From their website: "Raw, living foods are clean, and have higher nutrient content than cooked food. Processed foods such as protein isolates and grain based fillers are acidic and cause fermentation in the body. Raw Organic foods are closest to their natural state, bringing us closer to healing ourselves and the global ecology." The bars are gluten free, vegan, wheat free, corn free, soy free, as well as being trans-fat, cholesterol and refined sugar free. Personally, I am not concerned with gluten or cholesterol. I have long been of the belief that dietary cholesterol is not the villain that it has been made out to be and while many people have issues with wheat gluten, I do not. I also think that issues with gluten and lactose are more a result of the processing flour and milk undergo than any sort of inherent allergy - but that is a soapbox for a different day.
As I write this entry, I am sitting outside in the late-afternoon sun typing on my laptop. My kids are playing with the neighbors, my wife is reading a book, and our dog is alternating between trying to make sure that she knows where everybody is and curling up at my feet. The mail arrived a while ago and included were the tickets I bought to the New Britain Rock Cats games for the family as a Christmas present. My older daughter announced that - in celebration of MY birthday - she is buying pizza dinner for the family (so I can't eat the pizza, but the thought is there).
All in all, a pretty good day!