Thursday Sept 2nd
Went to bed far too late last night, 1:00 a.m. Got seduced by the computer games again and then started IM'ing with my dd about Halloween costumes. It's a tradition that I go to dd's for Halloween. Last year I was Elpheba from Wicked. This year ... Read more
Sleep challenge cont'd
It's been about a week since I started the sleep challenge and I must say that I have been sleeping better. Apart from going to bed earlier, no longer playing those Facebook games at night, I also wonder if it's these adrenal support supplements... Read more
Not a great day
I had the blues big time today. I got enough sleep last night although it wasn't as smooth a sleep as I'd had the two nights before. Still, I felt sad almost all day today, to the point of tears. Strange, strange.
It's 10:14 tonight and I h... Read more
Last night I went to bed at 10:15. I have been doing well for the past four days, going to bed no later than 10:15. So I have been averaging about 7 hours of sleep as I get up at 5:15 on weekdays. Yesterday I did 45 minutes of exercise, ate mode... Read more
What's it all about Val?
I sneaked a peek at the scales this morning. BIG mistake--I am somehow up another pound. Huh???? I have been exercising at least 45 minutes a day--yesterday did an hourlong session at the Nia studio--and eating healthy. And I have GAINED???? I l... Read more
Distracted by hummingbirds
I get up on weekday mornings at 5 a.m. to drive dh to his bus. Sometimes I return and crawl back into bed but most times I stay up. This morning I felt very reflective as I pulled into our parking lot. The colors in the sky were lightening from ... Read more
Chewing is hard. . .but so worth it!
I have been working at chewing my food. Hah, as I write this it seems so odd. I mean, eating is one of first things we learn to do--before we learn to walk. Of course, as babies we get mush so maybe that's where it all starts. By the time our te... Read more
Reflections on chewing and other things
I noticed two things yesterday as I was focusing on chewing my food more completely. One is that I tend to take too much into my mouth at once. Somewhere along the line I have lost the notion of "sipping" a drink be it herbal tea, herbal coffee,... Read more
A very good day!
Had an excellent day today actually. I stuck with the Nutrition Plan, thanks to mobile Spark which enabled me to keep track of what I was eating. But I'd planned in advance, a day heavy on fruit and veggies, light on fat. Planning is everything,... Read more
Here I go again
Well, despite my intentions NOT to weigh myself, I did. Ugh, 134 pounds at 6:00 a.m. That makes a gain of 7 pounds in 7 months. A pound a month although I have yo yo'd back and forth, each time going up unfortunately. And I have gained an inch o... Read more
Turn toward the light
I read a snip somewhere recently that caused me to think: "When you turn toward the light, the shadow falls behind you." In this photo, taken on a solitary hike this past Tues... Read more
Won't know until Monday
Well, I called my doc's office right at opening time this morning. I told the receptionist that I'd had an u/s last Thursday and had called to find out if I needed to have a follow-up appointment or if that was it (i.e., everything was okay, ple... Read more
A special gift
My sister died 20 years ago this year. She left two sons, one 23 and one 19. I wasn't super close to either one because they lived very far away and I was a struggling single mom of a 10 year old with my own problems. Over the years I have tried... Read more
I know that Annie has just gone through this. When I went for my annual check up in May, the doc ordered the usual blood tests. And the results showed that I had something off with a liver enzyme and really low vitamin D3 levels. So she told me ... Read more
As easy as falling off a log
One of the worst things about gym when I was in high school--apart from those ugly bloomers we had to wear--was the balance beam. I hated the balance beam. I feared the balance beam. Even the one that was only 6 inches off the floor. We had this... Read more
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