Monday, January 23, 2012
My new venture into vegetarian eating is going just fine. Have not lost any weight (which I had hoped) but I have no doubt that I will. I have increased the exercises and am being cautious to avoid injury. My knees are not happy about the last long walk so I did some knee and thigh strengthening exercises and wore my band for a few days. They have been gradually improving and I will be ready for the next longer walk in a couple of days. Trying to build up to 3 hours which will culminate next week. Then we will back off a bit. I’m thinking about walking 3 days a week after that cutting back to a somewhat shorter time.
I have been scanning and organizing photos in prep for making a presentation of our work. It involves a lot of time and I am trying to spread it out so I don’t spend the whole day at the computer. Today, I did strength exercises but saved a couple to do later in the day when I need to get up and move a bit. Will also do some stretching after that.
Our sweet dog was ill over the weekend and I feared the worst. Thankfully, she seems to be herself this morning. We think it was either the poison hubby put on her collar to deter ticks (I wasn’t happy about that when he told me what he’d done though I said nothing), the two birds she ingested on Thursday and Friday, or a combination of both. I had removed her collar on Saturday and when I thought about the poison, I washed it well giving it a vinegar rinse to hopefully remove that poison. We (hubby and I) agreed that, from now on, when she hunts and catches birds, we would take them away. After burying three of our pets in the past several years, you can guess that I was kind of upset about all this.
Some of my meals have included brown rice, soaked cracked wheat, corn meal (which I will not eat after this pkg because it is probably Genetically Modified), oatmeal, sunflower seeds, ground flaxseed, tahine, olive oil, Brazil nuts, molasses, and lots of fruits and vegies. Prep is easy, relatively quick, and costing less.
Last night, I realized that I am no longer thinking about food except when I feel hunger. Occasionally, in the evening, I still find that I am hungry. I think it is that emotional hunger that I have been fighting all of my adult life. This time, unlike other times, I easily recognized that it was not physical hunger. I did eat something and the desire subsided, but I think that if I keep up this way of eating, I just might come to terms about it, then the emotion will also subside. Anyway, that would be a wonderful benefit.
After all, This is MY Life.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Exercise is Non-Negotiable!
Going to keep it in mind throughout the year. Feel free to use it as your own.
This is My Life, after all!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Everything seems to be going along okay. I did gain some over the holidays and will be working to get that back off and moving down the scale again. Was finally okayed by the oral surgeon to begin exercising again, so since it was nearly 2 mos of almost nothing, I am going slowly to get back into it again.
Went for two long walks this week and have done a little strength exercise. I am catching up with desk work, finally cleaned my desk and have the laptop hooked into keyboard, speakers, and screen. Nice to be getting familiar with Apple but struggling a bit to find no cost programs to get back to my photo work. That is set aside for the first part of the year, however, because of some other stuff that has taken priority. Still need to mess with photos occasionally though and need at least similar to what I was using with Microsoft.
Big dog is not doing well again and we are seriously considering putting her down. Not happy about that but it is not good to see her suffer so much. She doesn't improve no matter what we have tried. 3 rounds of antibiotics seems to have messed with her immune system too and we suspect she has caught another infection and is losing hair in patches.
I have lost touch with my Mom for a bit because they are not accepting overseas phone calls. Will need to phone my sister if there's no response to emails. As long as I do not hear anything at least I know that they are okay. But they are probably wondering why they haven't heard from me over the holidays! I'll get this figured out eventually.
The weather has been extremely hot (upper 90s F) so doing things outdoors doesn't work well. When we walk, it is early morning - later it's miserable and just zaps me of energy. I did get a consult with a homeopath and will be taking a couple of things to help the low energy. I also found organic, fresh alfalfa which supposedly helps with that too. Will begin eating it tomorrow. I've been experimenting with cassava recipes but it gives me heartburn so I'm going to stop bringing it home for the time being.
My flowers are suffering with the heat and dryness too - haven't had rain in a few weeks and then it was just a brief shower. I haven't been out to water every day but try hard not to skip more than two days. Will water them tomorrow morning for sure.
Otherwise doing fine. Emotions are up and down. I miss my children and hubby is very busy with work and people. Will need to get the church decorations down by the end of the month and will put away our Christmas tree in the next two weeks. I'm going to make a complete list of the ornaments so I know what I have for purchasing a new one or two for next year. I am also hoping to get a new tree but I saw the prices online and for what I am wishing, I'll need to convince DH that it's a good idea! I am so tired of looking at our thin branched tree and the plastic "leaves" get thinner every year -it's a wonder there are any left because I sweep up and throw away so many!
I am grateful that I do not have much pressing business going on right now so I can take time off to relax a bit most days. It is an important facet of living that I have been trying to hang onto - nurturing nonstress activities. I like to remind myself that I am in no hurry and if I must wait in a line or sort papers or write emails, it's good and okay and even somewhat stimulating. I have opportunities to chat with others who need a listening ear and tender counsel which I can offer.
This is MY Life, after all!
I hope you have the same kind of New Year of fulfillment and growth that I am wishing for myself! With forethought, planning, and persistence, we can work toward our goals and reach them one at a time.
Good points from Expert Kathy Smith - Her 14 Non-Negotiable Laws
Sunday, December 11, 2011
What have I been doing?
Still waiting to hear if I’m cleared for exercise – doing occasion stretches and some legs exercises; avoiding weights
It’s been really hot here and dry, so giving my flowers a little extra attention
Thanksgiving and a birthday celebration with good friends
Listening to a few Christmas songs
Enjoying our tree decorated with reps of our children’s favorites
This year's new ornament -
Missing old man cat that always claimed our Christmas tree as his own; as soon as it was up he came over to claim his spot
Gratefully enjoyed a 3 day visit from No. 1 son; missing our children, one in Heaven, the others on a different continent
Mailed 120 newsletters with a little help from hubby
Readying decorations for our little church, using last year’s plus – will post photos when completed later in the week
Plans to make a couple of new recipes, one for gift giving
Transferring and cleaning out computer from desktop to my laptop, a special gift from a good friend, and making new brain cells in the effort
Reading a couple of books
Missing my family, esp. my Dad who left for Heaven last summer
I researched and wrote about cassava (yuca, macaxeira) and barbeiros for our site - fascinating studies! Added a new blog entry, too -
inafarplace.com/ Check Cookbook and Creature Feature
Remembering a SparkFriend in Heaven, Annette, with versions of “Mary Did You Know?” video, one of her favorite songs, written by the mother of singer and comedian, Mark Lowry, music by his friend. Links below.
And, This is MY Life, after all!
From the Gaither Vocal Band's latest DVD project "Reunited"
Same one with Portuguese captions (legendado em português)
From "The Nativity Story"
Rescue A Cappella with captions in Portuguese (legendado em português)
Beautiful version in Spanish
Don’t know who this is – it is wonderful!
This one by a talented blind musician, Neville Peter
And, an amazing rendition in Russian
Знала ль Ты, Мария? Роза Назарч
I miss you, Annette!
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