Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Late yesterday, I learned that my eldest cousin is back in the VA hospital. He has prostate cancer, the same thing that killed my dad. The latest news is that he now also has T-cell leukemia. I am devastated. Please pray for Jack, Norma and the caregivers.
I actually lifted my KBs for a few minutes today. Back to beginner status since I have not been doing anything for so long. It felt good. I am following the advice I keep reading about starting small, doing what is do-able.
BF made a fantastic salad for my lunch today. Chicken, bacon, kale, spinach, red bell pepper and broccoli slaw. I ate half of it for lunch and the rest at dinner. Paleo works for me and it will work even better as I make better choices (still learning).
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I told several people my hilarious and true story about eating cat treats last night (see my previous blog if you missed it). A coworker said "meow" as she walked past my desk and said she meant to pick up catnip for me on her lunch hour. BF asked me this evening if I wanted wet cat food on my salad. It was fun! I have not laughed that hard or that often in a very long time.
In a quiet moment, though, I thought about it. I suppose eating a few cat treats and not realizing I've done so until the taste buds' message to the brain told me those were not peanuts in my mouth is the ultimate example of mindless eating. Really?! I thought I had gotten past that! Introspective thought on this point will continue...(Thanks, SP! Before SP, I never knew of the concept of mindless eating.)
I recently started making more Paleo choices and have been amazed at the differences some rather small choices have made. One of my Sparkfriends is _Ramona and she is blazing a wonderful Paleo path and has been generous in sharing her knowledge and experiences. Her comment about my cat treat experience was truly mind-blowing. She said her pets are on a Paleo diet. It never occurred to me to do that with my cats, but, in a broader sense, it sure makes sense.
That is just one small example of _Ramona's contributions to my SP journey. She has shared from her heart, her experiences and her knowledge - she embodies the spirit of SparkPeople. It is not a hyperbolic statement when I refer to my "SparkFamily". My heart is full. (My tummy is also full - I had a glorious salad for dinner: kale, spinach, broccoli slaw, chicken and bacon.) My taste buds are satisfied and have (mostly) forgotten the cat treats.
Thank you, SparkFamily!
Monday, June 03, 2013
I returned to my mostly Paleo diet today after being miserable the last few days. I had all kinds of digestive issues and nearly left my job on Saturday. I was irritable and moody. I had decided I would save money by eating what I have in the house (a year's worth of cereal, months of beans, rice, lentils).
The financial situation is not improving. Thanks to some financial abuse, it's actually worse this month than it was before. But I need to take care of myself in some ways! My mental acuity was back today and that is confirmation that I am doing the right thing. The digestive issues are history.
I was so busy today, I forgot to eat an apple or banana for an afternoon snack. I was starving when I got home. I headed for a handful of peanuts (no almonds in the house), unscrewed the jar and threw a small handful in my mouth and discovered they were the oddest peanuts ever.
My two cats love Taste-tation cat treats. I do not.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I live in an ancient mobile home in very poor condition with a seemingly endless list of fix-its. My salary does not go far enough and every week, I pray I still have both jobs. Oh, yes, I could work up a great pity party should I choose to do so.
But not today.
Yesterday morning, an explosion of sirens announced a disaster and the noise carried on for a while. The freeway is nearby, so I did not pay attention after I gave my usual "God be with the first responders" prayerful response to someone's emergency.
A couple of hours, I stepped outside to run an errand and discovered that the sirens came into the park. A home burned. Totaled. One of the four residents was home. Rumor has it she got out and then went back in to get her car keys. She was removed via ambulance suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. I walked past her house and, from what I could see without getting in the way, the skeleton of the home is all that is left. They have a guard there 24 hours so no one steals the copper piping (or whatever).
The Red Cross puts them up for 3 days and then this family has nowhere to go. No one knows if they will come back. The answer from our new managers about a community effort to help this family was very noncommittal.
If it were my home, I would have nowhere to go and I would likely be mourning 2 cats as well...
Thank you, Lord, for all the blessing of my life. Prayers for this family!
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