A Story of Weight + Heritage Rice Blend with Raisins and Honey

I made this dish on one of my healthy kicks, which I seem to have every day now. I have avoided the scale knowing that I have gained some weight. Since it never shows me what I’d really like to see, I have avoided jumping on as if it was the plague. My pants seem to tell me that they are becoming snug again, so I just avoid the “number” game. But at last, I finally got myself together and jumped on. It wasn’t as bad as I tought it would be but it wasn’t what I wanted it to say. It appears everything found a new home, my belly.

To make things a little more complicated, when I lost weight from my kids, I threw all of my “up” size clothes away. This was a big debate and struggle for me. I kept thinking, “what if I need a bigger size one day?” No use in throwing them away if I “may” need them again. I actually haven’t been this smaller size in years and was wondering if it was a fluke. But after six months, I thew them away. All of them. Jeans, shirts, dresses, you name it. In a bag and donated, that’s where they went. I had a difficult time departing from the old me but still love the new me, so I moved on.

Exercise is another challenge. When I finally get into the grove, I’m a moving machine, but it’s finding the grove that challenges me. What is it about taking the first steps? I know I need to lose a few pounds, just go, I scream to myself. Have you ever seen those commercials where it says, “one good choice makes you want to pick another healthy choice and so on?” Well, it’s true, but taking care of two kids, being up around the clock, preparing meals, cleaning up, teaching skills and rules doesn’t make me want to jump up and run. Well, sometimes it does but not in a healthy way 🙂

Today was a beautiful day. It was low 80’s and a beautiful breeze was coming through. I decided to take a family trip to the NCR trail. The NCR trails are about twenty miles long and ten feet wide. Guess I did some research along the way. My two little kiddos made it, 1 mile up and 1 mile back. As we started to walk, they started to run. We ended up jogging quite a bit. We looked at the trees and picked up leaves and rocks along the way. I didn’t realize how much fun we actually would have! What an easy, great excercise on such a beautiful day. We ended up going to a restaurant afterwards and I ordered the Raspberry and Walnut Salad. What? One healthy choice lead to another. After putting some effort in, I felt so good, I wanted to continue by making a second healthy choice!

For dinner, I threw together the Heritage Rice dish and it was filling and quite enjoyable. The sweetness was a nice combination with the melody of rice. I just hope that I stay on this kick. I hate diets, I don’t like to count calories and I really hate limited my intake. I love to eat! When I need to lose the weight, it tells me that I’m out of balance with myself. Something is off set and needs to be fixed. I prefer to eat foods that are good for myself all around and knock off the weight that way. This is a good starting meal!


  • 1 green pepper: seeded and chopped
  • 1 onion: chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup heritage rice blend
  • 2.5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbs raisins
  • honey to taste


Step 1: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes until soft.

Step 2: Add cumin, salt and pepper and stir for another minute or two.

Step 3: Add rice and pan fry for two minutes

Step 4: Add stock (according to rice instructions) and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until rice is done 15-20 minutes.

Step 5: Put in a bowl and add raisins and honey to taste!

Fingers crossed I have another inspirational day, even though I wasn’t planning it. Sometimes the kids hold me back, being so small….Perhaps looking for activities that I can join them with will work better. Fall is here. (YAY!) And this means outdoor activities! Here’s to becoming healthy again!





  1. Sarah says:

    When I was pregnant with my son Levi, I only gained 15 lbs and he was born at 9 lbs 3 oz. 1 week after he was born I was smaller than I was before I got pregnant. Now with my second child (my blog) I have gained 20 lbs in the past 6 months, I completely understand how you feel. You know you gained weight when the biggest pants you own don’t fit. I’ve been only wearing stretchy pants and dresses. Thanks for sharing your story and we’ll both start making 1 heathier choice at a time! 🙂

  2. Momma's Meals says:

    Hi Momma! It’s a struggle daily for me too. I can just never seem to make time to exercise, I did so well last year when Madison was younger, I could walk everywhere, now I’m lucky if she lets me do a half a mile! Other healthier decisions are my go to right now, what I eat, what I drink, parking far away so I’m forced to walk longer! This dish looks awesome, is the heritage rice like Quinoa? Just bought some and want some new dishes to make for busy lunch times for me! Thanks!!

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