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From Weirdness to WONDERFUL! ...And back, again?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I am the biggest Mark Sisson fan, but to be honest, when I read this yesterday, I thought he'd finally lost his Primal mind. Nothing about this idea appealed to me.

Primal Egg Coffee: The Best Part of Waking Up?

...Yet, being the biggest Mark Sisson fan, I decided to try it at least once (I like coffee and I like eggs)... I mean, he's led me down A LOT of other paths that I thought were pretty crazy, and those are now just part of my new 'normal'... so why not this, right?

Oh. my. GOODness!

I made the whole egg version (with hot DECAF coffee), added some vanilla, and halved the sugar (I'm not a sweets person). I have never been a fan of 'specialty' coffee, and I've tried 'bulletproof' coffee and didn't care for it:

...but THIS is lovely! I thought I was drinking a caramel latte, or something (though now that I've tried it, I'll make my coffee a little stronger and hotter)!

...and it was straight up NUTRITION.
(CLEAN coffee actually fights cancer and provides antioxidants.)

This will definitely be my go-to when I don't have time to sit down for breakfast (...or perhaps it's a really good solution for my Leptin issues... I have trouble getting my breakfast down within and hour of waking. As I'm not sleeping so well right now, I'm going to try this for a week and see what happens)!

...and it got me thinking (dangerous, I know, LOL)...

I know that I'm the first person to say, "don't do anything to lose weight that you're not willing to do to maintain it," and that this has served me really, really well. While I eliminate fat very slowly, in five years I have not gained any weight. Every step forward is a step onward, and beyond.

Today, though, it occurs to me that another equally important aspect of making this a successful journey is being open to new ideas, new foods, new activities, new habits, new experiences, and new perspectives... even if they seem silly, or weird, or unappealing, or just plain wrong.

When I think about it, I've tried a lot of new things these last number of years... some of them seemingly outlandish:


...and most have been part of my healing and deliverance from a lifestyle that was literally killing me.

I think my salvation is that, while I'm attracted to whimsy, I act on reason.

Challenge youself and take risks, but really examine the source of your inspiration.

Why am I willing to trust Mark and apply his experience to my life? Because I admire HIS life... it's a life I want... vibrant, joyous, full of health and vitality, balanced, interesting, fun... and he and his wife are 'my age'.

Lately I've found myself really annoyed by all the women 'of a certain age' around SparkPeople who use pictures of women 20-30 years their junior as inspiration for their own journey. I was clicking through a photo spread just yesterday that actually called Martha Stewart 'ugly' in comparison to what she looked like in her younger modelling days... she's now 72, BTW... and I think she is STILL gorgeous.

I don't get it.

Yes, the women depicted in these so-called inspiration pictures are beautiful and strong and desirable... but how is this realistic, and how does it help you to see yourself, and your own life, with any clarity?

Some of that look of which you are so admiring/desirous of is simply the ripeness of youth. I look at my daughter's skin, and no matter how healthy I get, my skin will never again look like that (and I'm blessed to be one of those women with skin that is aging really well... and even better with my change in eating habits)... luscious and dewy and oh so smooth. Even though I have naturally small breasts, they will never again be 'perky'. Young women look 'toned' without doing much to be so. Women of a certain age have to work at it (...and isn't that a good thing?).

Maybe I'm just plain weird... I was at a gathering this weekend... people of all ages and circumstances... and I found myself really looking at the women 'of a certain age' (my peers). My conclusion: it's a great time to be a woman 'of a certain age'.

Every one of them, regardless of weight, was lovely. I enjoyed their laugh lines (and their unselfconscious laughter). I loved their stylish/dignified, yet youthful outfits (not a navel or tramp stamp or bra strap in sight). I celebrated their strength... emotional, spiritual and physical. I was humbled by their grace and humanity.

Why would any woman 'of a certain age' want to be 'other' than that?
Why don't we look to each other for 'inspiration'?
Why do we continue to hold up 'youth' as the gold standard of beauty?
Why aren't the images of women 'of a certain age' held up as beautiful and strong and desirable?

Check out my photo gallery... and some women 'of a certain age' who are undeniably gorgeous. If the 'inspirational' pictures around here are any example, Dove campaigns still have a long way to go.

I guess what I'm really trying to say here is:

Step out of your boxes and safe places and try some new things... even if they seem weird, and you don't like (insert any noun here)...

...even and especially if it means stepping into your own skin!

Dear SPARKlings, may today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you answer your call and use those gifts that you have received to pass on the love that has been given to you. May the presence of God settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love beyond your wildest imagination. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

...Because weird CAN be WONDER-full!



UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)

'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures SEPTEMBER 2013!

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need - likely early September, 2013... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)

Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)

I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

DONE Girl Love...

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)

Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga


Words CAN Be Enough... page 3

Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?

Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.

Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)

...and 'cause someone asked about the wisdom in consuming raw eggs:


If you'd prefer to minimize your risk even further, you can pasteurize eggs before using them:


Personally, perhaps I'm playing with fire, but I've been consuming raw eggs for my whole lifetime with never a problem... and we store our eggs on the counter, European style... so I guess I'm probably the wrong person to ask about salmonella fears, LOL (and with my gut/health issues, you'd think if the risk was high, I'd be one to get sick)! Having said that, everyone has to do that which with they feel comfortable. I'd really hate for anyone to get sick in any way on the basis of this recipe, or on any recommendation from me.

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  • -LINDA_S
    You know, I didn't read the full article yet, but I knew it would be good. When I was fighting candida, there was a recipe for an egg drink, served hot, that involved eggs, coconut oil and butter, with a little stevia to sweeten and some cinnamon and nutmeg. It sounded like it would gag me, but it was actually good! Kind of like warm eggnog. So I no longer judge without trying. And I actually do like bulletproof coffee...

    I adore what you say about women of a "certain age". As one in the (hopefully) dating pool, I'm looking for men who appreciate what I have to offer. I'm surprised how many younger men seem interested. But then, they haven't met me yet! And there's a limit to how much younger I'm willing to go at this stage...

    Thanks for another amazing blog!

    1693 days ago
    You brave girl! It does look lovely though. Two more weeks and then I can try it!

    And I think that it is perfectly healthy to admire someone else's lifestyle like Mark's since he is just plain AWESOME. I agree!

    1695 days ago
    Very interesting concept of coffee! I liked your thoughts about the people of certain age, because you are right, we better move forward with what we have not with what we had or other people have.
    1695 days ago
    NOt a coffee drinker, but my son is a mark fan and paleo, so have let him know that someone I "know" has actually tried it and liked it LOL
    Hope he doesn't find anything bout tea. and do you drink bone broth daily? just wondered s my son does and is trying to get me to drink it or at least chicken broth etc. he said it will help my arthritis stuff....

    I also agree about the women of a certain age, I ws for while bemoaning that I can see a few wrinkly skin where I don't want to, not just my face lol but I think Martha looks good, and others but wonder what they look like not airbrushed.... oh well I am what i am. But I dont have to stand for these dammmmm chicken wings flapping much more since I lost wt. I DO SO HATE them so have been workign on my arms a lot more. However have a very sore R shoulder area that have mentioned and dr hasn't done anything this time going to bring my 3 lb wt to the dr and show him my range of motion so he knows exactly where I am talking about lol

    HUGS and you have a super healthy day!
    1696 days ago
    Thanks for sharing Ramona, wish I liked Coffee.......but it turns my stomach just to smell it. emoticon
    1696 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I saw that yesterday and had the same reaction! I hope to try it tomorrow!
    1697 days ago
    this is such a good idea about the coffee and will try this.

    Also I am seventy and very happy with myself as a person even though I am still losing weight and have much more to lose I would not change a thing about myself.

    I am strong and healthy and at peace with myself and happy with life because I consider life a gift and enjoy people and enjoy exercising and learning new ideas about food and eating to maintain my health and to keep losing weight.

    Yes, as we age our bodies change but, that is life and all that goes with it.

    Besides there is much more to living life then our physical bodies. We also have a spirit and a soul which is our mind our will and our emotions and our spirit is our heart

    Anyways that coffee sounds interesting to me and thanks.
    1697 days ago
  • KNH771
    I know what you mean about posting pictures of much younger women as "inspiration." I have a tumblr blog too and you see so many unrealistic images scroll across your dashboard... I will post exercise demonstrations I want to try, but I try to avoid all of the "thinspiration" stuff. Kinda setting yourself up for failure, I think. For myself, I weigh less now than I did at 17, so I have no desire to go back there! emoticon
    1697 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Thanks for sharing! ...I'll have to click the link and find out how to put a cup of that together.
    Getting breakfast has not been happening while working this summer. The responsibility of managing everything kind of keeps my stomach "worked up" and not very interested in food until later. So then my choices are not the best...
    1697 days ago
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