Thursday, December 31, 2009
Today my sister (visiting from California) & I took a brisk walk from my home all the way to Evanston, about 5 miles. Our destination was Barnes & Noble, so that I could get a copy of The Spark using the coupon we had been provided. It went perfectly! We made it in a little over an hour, & when we entered The Spark was at the top of a display right in front of the door--couldn't miss it.
Also my stability ball & Leslie Sansone video arrived today. I'm all set for the bootcamp!
Best wishes with all your resolutions & dreams for this year!
Friday, December 18, 2009
High-fructose corn syrup really is nasty stuff:
And some fun news for me: one of my poems is going to be posted on the sides of buses in a suburb north of Chicago throughout September 2010! Isn't that cool?
My main struggle with physical life these days continues to be insomnia. It's not constant, but it is recurring much more often than it used to. There are some issues medicine can't solve . . .
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
It was hard. My daughter-in-law lost the baby at 9 weeks (actually the doctors said he/she had died at 7 wks), which made us all very sad. I took a personal day to spend with my son & daughter-in-law while her body was in the process of expelling the fetus. It was a precious, low-key day. When the expulsion actually happened a couple of days later, they were able to identify the placenta & tiny fetus, & they buried it next to a peace lily, with prayers & scripture.
I'm so proud of them for knowing how to take care of themselves pastorally in the midst of the pain.
There have been other hard things; my husband is STILL without work & is having anger issues. I have to pray a lot & stay vigilant: if he gets abusive I'm outta there. I hope, hope, hope it won't come to that.
Shoulder news: I'm nearing the end of PT & it has made an AMAZING difference. Happily, I was scheduled again with the same PT assistant I worked with after my fall on the ice last winter/spring. She's really good. I have nearly my whole range of motion back in that shoulder, & my shoulder, upper arm, & back muscles have gotten much stronger.
I will need to keep doing the exercises as close to every day as possible until I have 3 weeks pain free. Am getting close to that, as now I generally have only a bit of residual pain. After that pain-free spell, I will keep the exercises permanently as part of my upper-body routine 2-3 days a week.
Still working on my poems & manuscript, & gathering info about various small presses that might be interested in publishing them as a book. That is one of the most rewarding parts of my life.
I just had a wonderful lunch (homemade baked beans, baby carrots, two clementines) & am optimistic about getting into the groove of the "No S" system. We'll see how it goes . . .
Monday, November 30, 2009
"Mnemonic" meaning something like "easy to remember because of its sound" . . . From a 43Things user I just happened onto nosdiet.com/
The "No S Diet": basically it's no snacks, no sugary foods, & no seconds, except (sometimes) on S days (Sat. & Sun. + "special days"--family birthdays & holidays)! Isn't that brilliant?
Of course "no snacks" contradicts what we're frequently advised here at SP (2-3 healthy snacks a day, or 6 small meals). But it's consonant with what my husband's doctor has urged on him, & with my own experience. If I'm snacking between meals, I nearly always end up eating more. I don't have blood sugar issues that would require me to snack, so it makes sense to just (for the most part) cut them out.
I really, really don't want to go back to food tracking, because it takes SO much time, especially now that we are cooking new, from-scratch foods at home a lot. Going by a simple, easily rememberable rule of thumb like this is much more doable.
Oh, & the No-S system does involve exercise. Read about it at the link if you're interested. The guy is hilarious, & he makes a lot of (common) sense.
I'm going to post separately about my life in general. Briefly!
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