Thursday, May 20, 2010

Three Cups of Tea

Tuesday night's splurge left me with a gross, unhealthy feeling.  Not exactly surprising, since we ate chips and salsa for dinner.  With beer for Austin, cocktails for me.

It tasted great while I was eating it, but it did not accomplish the same full and satisfactory feeling I get after a healthy dinner.  I'd eaten a couple snacks earlier, but I just never achieved the satisfaction of a real meal.

Too much over-indulgence led me to realize that I need to start exercising more self-control.

Yesterday's eats were much healthier.  I started out the day with a piece of toast with jelly and a smoothie with Amazing Meal.

The Pomegranate Mango Infusion was an interesting addition to my smoothie.  It had a "healthy" taste and that made the mildy strange-flavor it worth it.  It was also very filling.

Lunch was a delicious salad with a ton of stuff throw in it: romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, broccoli, tomato, avacado, artichoke hearts, salmon, and croutons.

For dinner, I made spaghetti.

I used 1 lb of ground turkey, 1/2 chopped onion, 2 tsp garlic, 8 oz mushrooms, 2 sliced zucchini squash, 3 sliced tomatoes, and a can of pasta sauce.  Served with whole wheat spaghetti and parmesan cheese.

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After dinner, I finally got a chance to finish reading Three Cups of Tea.

This book is about an inspirational man, Greg Mortenson, who spends his life building schools in Pakistan.  It is a great story about the challenges he faces.  He has difficulty raising money, he encounters resistance from leaders, and he has to build a bridge to the city before he can start building a school.  It is amazing to read about his sacrifices, being away from his own family for months at a time so that the young girls in Pakistan can have an education.  It is also interesting to read about the impact that 9/11 had on his institute.

I have to admit, this book took me a lot longer to read than most.  It was, of course, non-fiction, but I don't think that's what slowed me down.   There was a lot of foreign vocabulary intermixed in the story, and it lacked momentum, or a true climax. 

I was discussing this book with a friend, and we came to the conclusion that this book could've been written as a magazine article, and the story would have been told just as effectively.

I would definitely still recommend the book, though.  This man deserves to be recognized for his accomplishments.

Who inspires you?
I am always inspired by books and movies.  I am also inspired by my mom!


  1. I must read this book! I'm putting it on my list now! And your spaghetti looks great- I love adding zucchini :)

  2. sounds like a pretty interesting book. thanks for your honest review. I thought you were gonna tell us about how you drank 3 cups of tea after all your cocktails. haha.

  3. I like the amazing grass smoothie infusions! Fun way to pack in extra nutrients. Spaghetti is still one of my favorite meals, although I make it healthier like you do!

    My mom just read that book and loved it. We have it sitting around somewhere...maybe I should try it.

  4. I have heard good things about that book - thanks for reminding me to put it on my book list. I also have to say that my mom inspires me too. :)

  5. Reading this post just makes me want to come over and enjoy a meal with you. And also join a book club. (Don't worry, I promise not to embarrass you....I won't admit in front of everyone that I pick my books based on if they have a good cover or not. :)

  6. My friend is reading Three Cups of Tea and said the exact same thing. She has been reading it for months, doing a little bit before bed each night, while simultaneously reading other books. It looks so interesting, but definitely not a light read!

  7. My teammates always inspire me, especially on race day!

  8. I've heard really good things about that book, I'll have to find it.

  9. my mommy inspires me the most! i love that u mentioned that ;)

    im also inspired by people who are naturally generous and nice to random people uno? its so amazing to witness kindness.

  10. Honestly...a meal of chips and salsa sounds pretty darn incredible to me ;) Great pasta dinner- I love adding veggies to my pasta dishes. My mom, my husband and my group fitness classes all inspire me ;)

  11. I hate the feeling I have after over indulging! It's not that I feel guilty, it's that I feel physically sick!

    Your meals yesterday look super delicious and healthy. :)

    I'm inspired by the blogging community. It's so full of such positive attitudes!

  12. I haven't had the guts to try my pom mango infusion. Bok bok! ;)

    Like Chelsea said, I am inspired by the blogging community as well as my amazing mama and sisters!

  13. It's OK to indulge every now and then. I have an insatiable sweet tooth and it's a daily grind not to eat chocolate every day : )