Friday, January 03, 2014
Today is supposed to be 20 degrees ABOVE zero. It is a strange world indeed where that is something to be excited about. I have some stuff that needs to get done in the garage, so this afternoon when we are closer to that promised temp, I will turn on that nifty new garage heater and see if it can get to a comfortable working temp. I tried the other day when the thermometer in the garage said -9 and after an hour and a half it only warmed up to -4.
Hubby wasn't happy when I told him the plan to go on a 2-week trial of the no-starch diet again. He'll get over it, I hope. Deep down I have this nagging feeling that it is going to be what works. That should be a good thing, but a lifetime without starch does not warm the cockles of my heart. If it is the magic key, I am prepared to make that decision and wage the war to stay with it.
I watched Lord of the Rings last week, and I have been thinking how this war I have to wage is similar to Frodo's journey. In the beginning it seems like it should be a fairly easy endeavor, inconvenient at the worst. But as you keep going unexpected things crop up that it make it unpleasant, difficult, and painful. Every one more horrific than the last. By the time you get to the point where you can throw the ring in the fire (or bad eating habits), it takes every ounce of being that you have. When that part is done, there is no going back. Sure they went home, but it wasn't the same. The people around them didn't comprehend what they had been through and it would have been futile to try to make them understand. I think I have always been looking for an easy way, or for someone to take me by the hand and lead me through. This time I am looking at it differently. At the end of Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo realizes that he has to do this on his own. Of course people still help him in different ways, but he is really on his own. He is making the decisions, and he is walking the path.
That is where I am at right now. I have made the decision to do this. I am on my own, and I am going to see it through.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
I have been contemplating this for months now. I am thinking about returning to the no-starch diet. It is hard to stay with, and even harder if you take fruit off the menu. I have been trying to resolve the reflux issue first, so that I could eat fruit when I went off of starch again. Now, I'm thinking about giving it a try, even without fruit, for a couple weeks. If I get better then I will know that is the key, and I will have to stay with it. If the reflux doesn't get better, then I will have to push to see what else it could be. I have an appointment with the doctor, so I am going to see what she has to say on Monday. Besides, there is still some yummy, starchy food around from the holidays that could get cleaned up by Monday.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
This is the big reset day, one that most people observe as a day to start over and create new habits.
I printed the vision statement that I wrote in October and am committed to following the plan at least half of the time Of course today my biggest obstacle to a fresh start is that my husband is home and we're out of our normal routine, so tomorrow will be the real reset day.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
So after having my light bulb moment a couple of days ago, I totally blew it off yesterday. Not that I didn't get things done, but I worked on something at the bottom of my priority list. I guess a day like that now and then isn't so bad, but I hope to make them fewer and further between.
My supper did not agree with me. The reflux was worse, the coughing was worse, and I had sores on my tongue again. Today I am back to milk and cheese trying to get it under control. The Digestive Clinic sent me a letter saying that the biopsies showed that I did have mild reflux. I still don't know what to do. Guess I'll just keep plugging along.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Obviously, I have never been very successful at weight loss or getting healthy. I suppose somewhere along the way I accepted it as just how I am. And yet I keep trying. Something wrong with that thought process.
Since I wrote my vision statement and made my checklists, I find that I can get a lot more done in a day than I ever thought possible, just by doing the next thing on my list. Even on days when I don't feel well at all.
Last night, while writing in my journal (the last thing on my checklist), I realized that if I could achieve any degree of consistency with working my checklist every day, I could actually achieve my goals, including losing weight. I suppose that should have been obvious sooner, but it wasn't. Sometimes things seem harder than they really are.
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