I’ve dropped the ball.
I’m quite ashamed, but I’ve been skipping out on my meditation.
For some reason I can’t get up the enthusiasm or the motivation to keep up with it every single day. Seeing as how I began the meditation process with hopes to improve self-love, this probably shouldn’t be surprising. I’m still doing my exercises, although the last couple of days has seen my stamina taking a kicking, but I find myself too “preoccupied” to actually take the time out and meditate.
Perhaps I can get back into it again before the month is over.
Do any of you meditate? How have you kept at it?
iChallenge Week 33 Topic: Experimentation
We all do a certain degree of experimenting throughout our day to day lives. We might try a new sandwich at our local deli or we might take a new route to work or walk into a new store at the mall. We might try new aerobic routines or take the brave step of meeting new people.
Experimenting is part comfort (working with something you know) and risk (not knowing if the outcome will create the desired result).
Even though there is a level of comfort involved in the act, it can be a bit nerve-wracking and yet incredibly exhilarating to tweak and experience something new.
I, like most people, love comfort. I like to feel secure in knowing that what I’m doing has positive and productive results. So I list, organize and plan most things down to the slightest detail. If I can write it down, I feel like I have some kind of control over it and therefore a level of security.
This isn’t always the case, of course. There are moments where life (or a faulty memory and bad timing) pushes you just beyond your comfort zone and opens up the horizons just a bit more.
Let’s talk donuts (or doughnuts, but I’m a donut kind of gal).
I have an old standby recipe for spiced donuts that I’ve gone to and made up on the fly for years. It’s a simple cake donut consisting of flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, butter, milk and egg. Nothing too deviant and certainly very delicious.
However, over the years I’ve built up a level of confidence through trial and error cooking where a wrench in the works doesn’t stop me cold. I’ve also become much more assertive with my health which is showing up in what I’ve done to make various recipes healthier.
Like substituting nonfat greek yogurt for butter.
Or Splenda for sugar.
And just because I was feeling really risky this morning (and the wee little fact that I had run out of eggs and had forgotten):
Flaxseed meal for egg.
And you know what? They came out even better than the original! And I’m not just saying that. They weren’t quite as dry as the original recipe but had a soft, moist crumb. They also had a delicious flavor from the yogurt and flaxseed. My husband devoured his share and we both agreed that these were indeed delicious!
Experimenting can reap great rewards for both your health and your state of mind. We can choose to stay within our comfort zone, or we can embrace those changes to make our lives more exciting and possibly even better.
Go on! Try something new today. It doesn’t have to be momentous – just change things up a bit and see what paths open up for you. 🙂
(Note: You can go all fancy and use a donut cutter to make cute rings, or you can be lazy and just form balls of dough. I don’t like waiting for my donuts, so no donut cutters in this house. These donuts are also excellent with icing or plain. Icing can just be 1 cup powdered sugar whisked with 1/8 cup milk and a splash of vanilla. You can get really fancy here, too, but we don’t bother. Simple is delicious as well!)
- 2 cups ap flour
- 1/4 + 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/8 cup Splenda
- dash of salt
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 2 tbsp greek yogurt
- 1/c cup skim milk
- 1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp water (mix in small bowl for 2 minutes before use)
- In large bowl, mix flour, sugars, salt, baking powder and spices.
- Mix in yogurt until slightly crumbly.
- Stir in milk and flaxseed/water mixture. Stir until all incorporated.
- Turn on fryer.
- On floured wax paper, turn out dough. “Tear” off rounds of dough about an inch wide. Set aside on wax paper.
- Once oil is heated, add donut balls (a few at a time). Cook for about 3 minutes (I set a timer) and be sure to turn them while they cook.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Dip, drizzle or nibble. Your choice. 🙂
Makes about 16 balls.