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Yay, the spring challenge has begun!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I'm starting out saddled with what I've decided to call "divorce weight," reflecting the emotional eating I allowed myself over the past couple of months as I was facing lots of stress related to discovery (assembling HUGE amounts of financial documentation) & X's delusional expectations to reap lots of $$ from me to pay off his ever-accelerating credit-card debt. BUT I managed to get 3-4 of those divorce pounds off already this past week, just by diminishing my sugar consumption. And just as I have benefited from my Lenten discipline of not worrying about the outcome of the divorce trial, I am taking on the new 5% challenge as a gift to myself. Instead of resorting to sugar, I will deal with stress by getting sweaty every morning & eating foods that make my body slim down & gain energy.

I'm going to try really hard to get to bed early enough every night to get good exercise time in the morning--& to squeeze in extra walking whenever possible the rest of the day. In a few minutes I'll fast-walk to the market to get veggies for an Indian dish I want to try:
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And for a Thai salad to contribute to our building potluck tomorrow night:
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It's 80F in my Chicago neighborhood today--crazy warm! I do love drinking water, which is our first Living the Good Life challenge. I spent 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a church brainstorming/planning meeting; not because of the challenge but because I felt the need, I filled my water glass repeatedly throughout those hours--& the day's not over yet. It will not be hard to down 10 cups.

Last but not least, I present to you my granddaughter on her first birthday!



She does NOT have issues with sugar--normally she gets nothing with added sugar--but she thoroughly enjoyed the vegan cupcake her mom made to celebrate! The rest of us did too, of course.
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