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11/19/18 5:43 P

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It’s looking a lot like Xmas here in New York. We walked past the fancy store window displays at Macy’s and Saks 5th Avenue. The work is being done this week so they change. Outdoors ice skating are set up in Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center. We will miss the tree lighting in both places. We will see the Macy Day parade, the one with the giant ballon characters.

I’m trying to eat healthy while on holiday. This morning I had porridge with nuts and fruit. Lunch was bagel with tofu cream cheeze spread. Dinner is vegan Korean. I’m not getting any intentional exercise. I wasn’t into one-arm plank jump outs on Sunday. I haven’t checked what I’m missing out on re is a chance I might do the daily dare once I see what it is. I am doing a lot of walking.

Meeting big brother went well. We are having dinner together again tonight. Wednesday I’m taking him and his daughter to the Whitney Museum of American art to see an Andy Warhol retrospective. He is an architect, his daughter is a film major in college. J will be the only one of the bunch who didn’t go to art school! We will have Thanksgiving with him and family on Thursday.

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New York! New York!

A long trip too! Gosh, guess off is all Christmassified in New York?.

You sound very happy. Meeting a brother is a big test too - how did that go?



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11/18/18 8:43 P

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This gadget is as simple as they get. There was of course a little strip of zucchini left when it got too thin to hold onto. I ate a piece that came off in my hand. The rest went into the bag of trimmings that I keep in the freezer for Veg broth.

Saturday
I realize Saturday is sort of lost, blending into Friday. I landed in New York before 6am. It was early that we took an Uber to J’s brother’s place. I laid down and fell asleep until noon. We had a nice visit.

Sunday
Had a nice breakfast of vegan waffles with home made raspberry jam, and bagels. It was a lot of bread but I came out okay. Last night we stayed in the Queens borough of New York. Now we are staying in Manhattan. Spent the whole day walking about. I guess that was my exercise for the day.

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11/17/18 2:28 P

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The 'zoodles' are impressive. I've had several gadgets that are supposed to do it, but end up wasting a lot of the vegetable.

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11/16/18 1:33 P

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I had a busy day on Thursday. Work and home had many tasks with deadlines. I managed to navigate them all. AND, I fit in a walk and the daily dare. Most of my food was fuel, with two snacks of filler dropped in around those tasks.I went into detail on my 100 DWL journal.

Friday
This is going to be a long day. I was up at 5am. I will not go back to bed until Saturday night. Hopefully, I will sleep on the plane to New York. I'm excited for the trip.

I have managed to build a small spark of workout habit doing the daily dare this week. I haven't been perfect, but I have already done Friday. I had that feeling of needing to get it done. There is hope for me after all.

Packing for a trip is such so stressful. How does one know what the weather will be like or what to wear next Tuesday?! A big snowstorm went through on Thursday. I have added a hat and gloves. I decided to only take stuff that fits really well. That greatly reduced my options making the task much more manageable. In the end I'm limited by the size of the suitcase.

Breakfast is porridge with hemp seed, dried fig, and raisins. Lunch is three bean chili, avocado on tortilla (flour). For dinner I will use the last of the curry soup as sauce on zucchini zoodles. I'm packing a few healthy snacks for the plane ride. I will need additional fuel in the absence of deep sleep.

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11/14/18 1:24 P

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Janga -- I just let them fall on Tuesday. It's just a game. emoticon

I didn't even post on Tuesday. I got out of bed late, had a mindful coffee and net to work. when I went home I ate a healthy dinner (breakfast was porridge and lunch chili) then went out to buy ice cream (non-dairy). Not the best use of my time. Not the best snack either. (I changed the headlights on my car and had to jet gas (petrol). The ice cream was extra ...).

I didn't do my minimum workout or yoga or run on Tuesday. I didn't do anything to be ready for my flight to New York Friday night. That probably hurts the most. I feel the stress creeping in today.

I did play in the kitchen and make a healthy dinner for myself. J brought back a present for me from the Vegfest in London, Ontario. New peelers! She complains that my vegetable peelers are dull. hat I got was a set of three y-peelers. They look remarkably unremarkable, like cheep plastic peelers. But these are apparently special Aussie kitchen wonders:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDJ8beQLAao

I HAD to give them a try.


I used the blue cabbage shredder and the red noodle shredder (red for shred). You can see the cabbage shreds on the board.


Courgette (zucchini) 'zoodles'


I added several servings of fresh raw veg to my butternut squash curry soup!

Wednesday
I slept really late this morning. I had time for a shower and a mindful coffee. I feel luck to have had time to pack my lunch and get to work on time. I have another dentist appointment after work today. And, a list of stuff to do before Friday!

The 'w' on my keyboard is sticky and I have to hit it hard or I don't get a letter. If a word looks weird, try adding a 'w' to it.

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Life feels a bit like a game of Jenga at the moment!

Yup, we need to re-establish our foundations. I've got too many unfinished projects around - that's one thing I'm aware of.


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11/12/18 9:01 P

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Yes, that's exactly what I'm talking about. Good job!

Today was a total fail as far as sticking to daily workout, minimum or not. I have not set a minimum so it's not surprising to fail when the goal was not well defined. I ended up more interested in working outside today. The place looks pretty good considering how I neglected the outside all summer. I made a pot of chili. It was a good day capping a good weekend.

About 45 minutes later:
It was time to DO not to give in. After I posted the above, I went over to Darebee. I decided the minimum I could do was the daily dare, 30 infinity circles. After that I did a short yoga video, YWA, Movement Medicine -- Calming Practice. I feel good about taking a few minutes to act committed and protect my program.

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I've been trying to get back into the habit of chanting twice a day (my Buddhist practice). I have been setting the timer for 5 mins as my 'minimum'. Doing 5 mins is a much better feeling than not finding time to do 30 mins!

Enjoy your extra day off, Brian!

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11/12/18 12:47 A

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Sunday
The middle day of my three-day weekend. The monkey mind was still with me even as I was productive and crossing things off my to-do list. I picked up Gill's challenge to virtually meet up for a run, Darebee daily dare and yoga. It turned out to be a 20 minutes run (plus 10 mins walking) 12 push-ups and a 7-minute runner's cool down yoga video. Success!! emoticon

I'm reminded of a speaker on one of those internet health summits. He wrote a book called "The Urban Monk." The book didn't hold my attention but something he said in the summit interview did. He talked about setting a minimum threshold for those things that are important in your life. One of his was meditation. He didn't feel right if he didn't get at least 10 minutes of meditation. Sure it's better to meditates longer for a healthy practice, but life doen't always cooperate with what we think or feel is best. He felt that if he sat for at least 10 minutes no matter what, he was good. SparkGuy is up with the same idea with his 10-minutes of exercise. It makes me think what is my minimum threshold for the activities I want in my life.



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11/11/18 1:14 A

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My monkey mind doesn't want to focus on anything. He's avoiding stuff. I'm avoiding stuff ..........

I went into this weekend with a long list of expectations for myself. I felt pretty lazy after work all week and didn't do much of anything. Monday is a holiday so I have three days! I know the anticipation of the long weekend added to the lazy attitude this week. Problem is just because I could do it on the weekend doesn't mean I will.

I did my #1, top of the list task first this morning. I took my father's tuxedo to get the buttons altered so it will fit me. That means I needed a little more room. That was a good start. I left the big #2 for Sunday, buy a new white shirt to go with the tux.

I made several stops when I was out scratching off more tasks off the list. I was home before noon! It was a lovely fall today and I had garden tasks on the list. I got the grass cut and most of the leaves picked up. I have one tree that still had leaves on it. Sunday and Monday are forecast to be dry. Good thing, I have more garden tasks on my list. I made strawberry jam. I had 4 quart bags of strawberries from my garden in my freezer that are now jam. Tomorrow, I make raspberry jam. I've paid my bills and replaced my smoke alarm. It's been a productive day.

I still have monkey mind .....

It's all good. emoticon



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11/10/18 6:47 A

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Yup, I'm with you on the monkey-mind. It's exhausting.

Here's the weekend - and I haven't got much of a plan except for a Women's Discussion Meeting (Buddhist) on Sunday afternoon.

Focusing on one thing at a time is something I'm having trouble with at the moment.


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11/9/18 1:02 P

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I did cook those greens with the vegan sausage. It was soooo nice to chew real food again. Bliss. Other then that Thursday evening as pretty much a washout. I didn't even sleep well! I went to bed early but couldn't fall asleep. which means I'm starting today not at my best.

Nice selection of foods Gill. I have oatmeal and soup with me at work again today. Dinner will involve cauliflower, brown rice and curry soup.

I have the weekend all to myself. J is in Toronto until Monday. I planned on going to visit my mum, but she is on an extended stay with my sister. She just had cataract surgery and recovering nicely. I seem to be putting everything off until the weekend. I know that I'm not going to be as productive as I keeping visualizing myself being. There are not enough hours in a day to do all that!

Monkey mind -- I'm slowly zeroing in on this as the root of all my problems: diet, exercise, meditation, work. I feel scattered ... distracted ... tired, but not physically. I have this persistent idea that tomorrow I will start to apply myself again. I don't. I need to take a lot of small steps forward on a lot of fronts to get myself out of my current funk. A lot of my work on 100 DL will focus on monkey mind.


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Well done! Your gums are healing if you are looking forward to sausages.

I haven't done any yoga today - I had an early start, and am looking towards an early night. I'm emotional drained from work stuff.

I had granola with blueberries for breakfast for breakfast at work today - I'd added a little hemp protein powder, and a bit of soya yogurt. I had bagels with vegan cream cheese and sliced olives at lunch, with some cherry tomatoes and snow peas. I have a tray of chopped kale in the oven - trying to make kale chips (those are my greens).

I think I have a hoodie and a pair of three-quarter leggings coming my way - parkrun Paul Hewitt has started a clothing company (CONTRA) to create running gear for people of all shapes and sizes. The hoodie sounded nice as it's made with a wool-polyester fabric - sounds cosy. I'm hoping it will inspire me to run. The weather here is grim - the sea is crashing over the promenade and there are severe weather warnings in place for wind and rain.



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11/8/18 12:47 P

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I had to be at work early on Wednesday. I was out of the office for most of the day video-taping a training session. I was tired when I got home losing most of my energy somewhere along the way. I cooked whole-wheat pasta and made a plant-based Mac&Cheeze casserole to put in the over Thursday when I get home from work. I added the remaining pasta to my vegetable soup. I'm starting to add soft foods to my diet.

I made a 100 DWL 'do it anyway' goal to do yoga. The goal was specifically to do YWA, "Yoga to Change Your Perspective". The video turned out to be longer then I expected. I did about half the video but it did not change the perspective of my monkey-mind. I stopped the video and did a few moves that felt good at the time and called it quits. I sort-of did it anyway. I did 'some' yoga.

Thursday
I brought oatmeal with banana and blueberries to work with me for breakfast today. Lunch is split peas soup with a couple soft tortillas with cashew cream cheese. I will cook the mac&cheeze when I get home, but I'm feeling a need to eat my greens. I will make garlicky greens (I have rocket) with vegan sausage. The mac&cheeze will be a side dish. I'm looking forward to dinner now. emoticon

I did not bring my running gear with me today. I made house pick-up/clean-up day the priority. I didn't have the time or energy to do both. I also have on my planner to take a suit in to the taylor and buy a new white shirt to go with it. Hmmmm .....

Edited by: BDTHOM at: 11/8/2018 (12:55)
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11/6/18 12:43 P

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Good for you Gill. You can do it too. I think I'm past the dentist's probation on exercising. I won't run today so I'm looking at Thursday. It's going to be tough. This pause was poorly timed. I was trying to gain the momentum I needed to pass through the time change, the transition to running in the darkness. It will take a stronger showing of commitment on my part (100 DOWL, day 2).

Yesterday evening I lost all my energy while driving home in the dark (time change again). I ate diner as soon as I got home. When I was done, I just wanted to go to bed. It was 6:30pm! I was all messed up and that lead to extra eating. I ate more soup ... and the rest of the non-dairy ice cream.

Today is a new day with renewed opportunity. I started the day with YWA, Sunrise Yoga. It was only 15 minutes, but my monkey mind still impatient. Adding 'taming the monkey mind' to my 100 DOWL, Day 2 plan! ;)

I think I need to go to the sea shore soon.

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I'm cranking myself up for a renewed determination to run/walk every day. I walk around a lot anyway - but just 'going for a walk' is different.

Enjoy your walk at lunch-time. Nice to have that break in the middle of the work day.

I sat on a bench by the sea yesterday, just for 10 mins, after shopping and stuff. It feels so good to be just out in the air.

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I really miss chewing. emoticon it was a lot of kids. It was all for fun.

I planned on doing the YWA perspective tonight, but lost energy. Tomorrow. I did get out for a walk before lunch. That will have to do for a workout today.

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WOW! 40 or 50 kids!!!! That sounds phenomenal to me! I got through it unscathed - I saw a couple of kids dressed up on my way home from work - that was about it.

I enjoyed the latest YWA - it was about perspective and had some surprises in it. I went to yoga with the Iyengar teacher today, and that was good too.

Good work in the garden. Are you getting fed up with soup? I can imagine you might be really missing chewing something. Hope your mouth heals up soon.



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11/4/18 4:36 P

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There was a good turnout on Halloween, maybe 40 or 50 kids.

I was pretty lazy though Saturday morning. It was restful. In the afternoon I got out of the house to crossed off a few to-do list items. It was a good day.

It rained most of Saturday and it was still raining Sunday morning. I spent the morning making a curry soup and a few indoors activities. The rains stopped late morning and I went out to take care of a few winter clean-up tasks. While I was out the sun came out. The day just got nicer as the day went on. I cleaned the leaves off the deck, trimmed back the geraniums. They are all tucked away for winter. The dahlias are cut back and mulched with dry leaves. The raspberries are pruned. I will have to clean the leaves off the deck again, but it's good.

I rolled out the yoga mat after the sun went down, YWA, Yoga for Healthy Blood Flow. It felt good.

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Oh dear, what an ordeal! I agree, it was kind of them to recognize when you'd suffered enough for one session!

Your pumpkins are great! Did you get many kids round?

I hope you got the rest you needed today (Saturday). And I hope you feel better soon. PS - vanilla vegan ice-cream - and stir cocoa powder into it - or grate dark chocolate into it?

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Thank you, Gill. emoticon


Mine and J's Halloween pumpkins

The dentist appointment didn't go as well as i hoped. The dentist was not happy with my healing. He numbed me up again and sewed something into my wound. I was still sent over to another chair for teeth cleaning. The woman worked on about three-quarters of my mouth, staying away from my wound. Then she called it quits saying I had been through enough for one day. I was sent me home. I'm pretty down about the whole thing. I felt good about the humanity they showed me by ending the session before they were done.

My soup diet continues. I made a pot of potato leek last night. I even blitzed the veg soup I made earlier this week so I wouldn't have to chew anything! I also want to use up all the veg I have around but can't chew. I guess I will cook the cauliflower into a curry soup and make more split pea. I picked up several liters of organic vegetable stock at the bargain market (and it was a bargain) last night. I hope my blender survives this workout. I'll probably get back into green smoothies over the weekend.

I washed two loads of laundry yesterday taking the wet cloths to the launderette to dry. That's what got me to the bargain market. They are next door to each other. I picked up flax milk for smoothies and a big bottle of ibuprofen. I really wanted to get some chocolate ice cream but they didn't have a plant based chocolate. I had a few bits of my son's dairy ice cream. But, I really didn't feel like eating anything. Yeah, I really needed to do that laundry. Most of it is folded and put away! Small victories.

November is just sort of sliding in around me this year. I haven't given it much thought frankly. No new initiatives or goals. The time changes this coming Sunday. I probably need to get back to work.

Later:
I'm icing my jaw while the kettle heats on the stove. I'm trying a little cold then hot therapy. I ate a couple bowls of potato soup for dinner. I was hungry and didn't want to wait for the curry to cook. I'm feeling pretty sorry for myself today. To counter that feeling I'm trying to do good things for myself as well. I'm closely following the advice from the dentist and staff. I'm taking my time to enjoy the food I can eat. I did yoga: YWA, When You Feel Sick Yoga. The sun came out today and I took a very nice walk before lunch. A hawk landed on a tree just ahead of me, and not very high up in the branches. It was a beautiful day. I have no plans for Saturday except rest. I know I'll do something. I just don't have anything I have to do. I hope I do more yoga.

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I developed a couple sores inside my mouth and on my lip that have been as painful as the extraction itself. Dentist had me on antibiotics through this morning and the wound itself feels pretty good considering. I think I'm uncomfortable. I also have a follow up this afternoon with a teeth cleaning. That has me on edge too. I'll be fine.

Thursday morning and I feel a little better then yesterday. The headache is manageable today. A little bit of a stiff neck. Some of the headache is tension and stress as well as the dental work. I have not done anything to help my situation except sleep -- which is a very good thing to do.

Breakfast today is porridge with hemp seed, banana and raisins. Lunch is noodles with peanut sauce. I chopped up some rocket to mix into the hot noodles. First added greens in a week. I have avoided foods that tend to get stuck in my teeth and or the empty hole in my teeth. Dinner post dentist is pistou soup.

If the rain cooperates I will walk before lunch. No other plans for additional exercise today.

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Seems you are having a lot of discomfort from this extraction - hope it's not infected. I will have to have my upper back tooth extracted sooner or later - that is definitely in my future!

Happy Hallowe'en! Life without J seems a long, long way in the past now, doesn't it?!

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I woke up early this morning feeling more pain from my mouth then I had experienced in several days. Generally I feel much better, but today the low level headache is back. I just don't feel like doing anything. I try to keep occupied anyway as the distraction does help my mood, not just feeling sorry for myself.

I stopped at the bargain market on my way home yesterday to buy a second pumpkin. J texted me that she wanted to come by and watch me carve our pumpkin. I bought her one too. We had fun carving our jack-o-lanterns. This evening I go to her house to help give out candy and snacks to the kids in her neighborhood. Tomorrow I go back to the dentist for a check up and teeth cleaning. (I'm not excited)

I'm having a cup of pistou soup for breakfast this morning (10am). Lunch is porridge. I'm mixing up my meals today. I will let J feed me this evening. Yesterday I fed her pistou soup and mac and cheeze. I sticking to the soft comfort foods for the time being.

I have no exercise planned for today except maybe a walk at noon weather permitting. I have no motivation right now. I just drag through the mornings. Mindful coffee is almost feels too strenuous to me :). Thich Nhat Han talks about being grateful every day that you don't have a toothache. I'm thinking a lot about not having a toothache right now. Not having a toothache again is defiantly something I look forward to.



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All those weekend activities were pretty low key. J's older sister is quite a bit older. There was quite a bit of downtime built into the schedule. I ended up spending Monday evening at home alone. It was good. I actually felt the headache fade for a while. I felt good this morning until I had to do the whole teeth brushing, mouth rinse and take my meds. The headache came back. I'm not doing anything except the necessities of daily life. I'm really getting tired of it.

I have oatmeal with apple sauce, veggie soup, tortillas with hummus and grapes packed for work. I made vegan mac and cheese last night to eat for dinner today and/or tomorrow. And, lots of veggie soup!





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I was glad to read "Keeping busy is good" at the end of this hectic report - I hope you mean it.

I hope you feel better soon.

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I had a very scheduled weekend and didn't feel very well for most of it. I have a precipitant, low-level headache and several sores in my mouth from the dental procedure. I feel tired and uncomfortable. I might have felt better hibernating by myself ... but the distraction of being with other people may have been better.

J's oldest sister was in town. On Saturday I we went into Seattle to hit a few of the tourist spots, the public market and waterfront. It was very foggy but cleared into a decent day. Sunday I went to visit my step-Mum at her condo in the Queen Anne neighborhood. The last time I was there I was moving all her pictures. It was nice to see them hung on the wall and the place arranged and looking homey. We took an exploratory walk around the neighborhood. The trees are beautiful in fall colors still. We also stopped for coffee and chatted. I had to do some shopping on my way home then cook for the coming week. I took food over to J's for another dinner together with her sister.

I'm really dragging this morning (Monday). I slept well, but I also slept late. I don't expect to get anything more strenuous then an easy lunch-time walk. I yesterday I made a big pot of veggie soup to eat this week. I have it for lunch today with a couple soft tortillas wand hummus. I'm sticking with soft food for the time being. I have twice-backed potato left over from Sunday dinner. Maybe I can wiggle a dinner invitation to J's. I talked her into opening up to kids on Halloween night. Volunteered to carve the pumpkin, which tonight is really the only night. I also need to make an appointment with my son to help him change the headlight on his car. Keeping busy is good.

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Yoga sounds like the way to go, but be careful with any inverted postures! You would do just as well going for a mindful walk.
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I understand the sentiment and appreciate the thoughtfulness Gill. I haven't felt like writing about my dental procedures, choosing to suffer in silence. I didn't really suffer that much. The tooth couldn't really be saved so I had it extracted. That wasn't very pleasant but I have experienced worse. I'm healing now. Next week they torched me with a teeth cleaning. I'm so upbeat and positive about the dentist! emoticon

I have been on soft food since Sunday and soup since Wednesday evening. J made me potato soup post-procedure (and took me to the pharmacy to pick up meds), sending me home with extra for Thursday. I ate split pea for breakfast and potato for lunch. For dinner I blitzed the rest of the cauliflower-butternut curry with tomato-roasted pepper broth (store bought) turning it into soup. Now on Friday, I brought split pea and the curry soup to work with me. I've been avoiding getting food particles in the wound. It will be 48 hours later so I can now rinse my mouth out properly. I may try something soft like curry and rice for dinner.

I feel tired today even though I have slept well last night. Hopefully I will have more energy on Saturday. Still no vigorous exercising. I really feel like I should be turning towards yoga.

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I haven't time to type a reply - but wanted to let you know I'd checked in. You're doing great.

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I did get out after work for my run. I really didn't know that I would until I did it. I was feeling much better by the time I was leaving work and it felt pretty good once I started running. I maid a dentist appointment for myself and that made me feel pretty good about myself.

I haven't mentioned this, but I broke a tooth on Sunday. Actually, a broke a piece off the tooth a few weeks back. Sunday the tooth crumbled into nothing when I took a bite out of a sandwich. It was very weird. I kept putting off finding a dentist. My hand was forced in a way. It will be okay.

I'm having a late dinner tonight. I'm always later when I run. I was a little later then that today. I made the cauliflower-butternut squash curry anyway. I'm just having a small serving. It's not very long until bedtime.

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I'm familiar with Chef AJ from my raw food days.

I hope you are over your flu-like thing - did it pass over?

I had a lovely soup for lunch today - made by just blitzing a left-over half of a baked sweet potato and a portion of left-over spicy beans - it was really good!

I wonder if you got out for your run? I'm still waiting to get out the front door for a run again!

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At work on Monday I chose stuff that occupied my mind and used up time. I created a few advanced illustrations of a colleague's manual. The day went by and I didn't get to the things I really should have done but didn't want to deal with. Like finding a new dentist.

Monday evenings are like free time for me. I had ambitious cooking plans for last night. When I got home I didn't feel ambitious at all. I still cooked. Just not with the gusto I imagined. I started a pot of split-pea soup that I will eat for lunches. I wanted to make an Instant Pot red curry too use up the rest of my butternut squash and cauliflower, but didn't. Instead I made a tofu scramble pasta creation with the leftovers in my fridge, roasted great tomato sauce, tofu and half and onion. I made it with whole wheat macaroni. It was okay.

I felt better then I had but still pretty low energy. I sat on my bed doing sudoku, texting J while waiting for the soup to finish cooking. I tuned out the light by 9:00 but didn't go right to sleep.

Tuesday morning I slept late, cleaned the kitchen while the coffee water boiled and took a mindful coffee. I had little time after packing my breakfast and lunch, and showering. I have work and a couple personal tasks to do today. I do have my running gear with me. Getting out of the car is today's big challenge.

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The weekend trip to the Portland Vegfest was a success! The travel went smoothly and we hit all our top choices at the festival. The down side was I came down with some sort of stomach discomfort that I may have passed on to J as something looking like the flu.

In part because of my not feeling very well during the trip, I'm not going to relate much about it. The main goals were met: J got to know my sister better. J and I also wanted to give Sis a supportive environment to learn about plant based eating. We had a good time.

The Portland Vegfest emphasized the weirdness of these events better then the other two. The whole-food plant-based message of the speakers is at direct odds to the commercial activity happening in the exhibit hall. The main speakers I saw where Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, "Treating the Cause to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease", Dean Sherzai, MD & Ayesha Sherzai, MD, "Alzheimer's, Brain Health, & Diet", Brenda Davis, RD, "Are Meat, Milk, & Fish Nutritional Necessities?" and a couple sessions with Chef AJ. These speakers provided a pretty consistent message of the power of eating plants.

What's my action?
I feel like I should use this experience to make a positive action. The message is clear from all the speakers, whole-food plant-based diet. My weight is up from my LWTD. Even when I was there I had another 10 to 20 pounds to loose. I feel like I need to be more restrictive about the processed foods and sugar. I attended two sessions with Chef AJ, a restrictive plan-based dieter. She's like Susan Peirce Thompson but a lot funnier. For sustained weight loss I need to reduce the processed foods, dried fruit, nut butters, nuts. Breakfast: oatmeal, hemp seed, banana, raisins and blueberries, action sparked.





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Have a great weekend. I'm glad you are having the break from hiking/running that you feel you need.

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Friday
It seems like a long week. I'm glad it's Friday. Looking forward to the road trip. I got out for a walk at lunchtime. It felt good to stretch my legs. I could feel a soreness in my quads. I have 4 days before I run and no hike this weekend. This rest will be good for me. I've eaten okay today. Apple and peanut butter and Lara bar for breakfast. Peanut squash soup for lunch. I have a pizza cooling on the counter right now, roasted green tomato sauce, rocket, tomato and cultured cashew ricotta. I'm tired and still have to pack. Early start Saturday morning.

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emoticon It does feel good to get back to what's important. Thank you for the link. I have the hardest time remembering the name of the Sigma Nutrition vlog. I occasionally do work at the computer that leaves the listening part of my brain free. I could use reinforcement in the area of habit formation.

J is over her cold, for the most part. We had the most interesting meal yesterday. It was not a vegan or even vegetarian restaurant. Instead it had a locally sourced, 'farm to table' theme. They offer a long list of small plate (appetizers) veggie dishes that change with the season. So there was squash and carrots and fig etc on the menu. J and I split a 'smorgasbord' a selection of 5 or 6 of these appetizers, as well as an order of chickpea fritters. It was quite tasty! After dinner we went to the theater to see the musical "Come From Away" about the small town in Newfoundland, Canada where 7,000 airline passengers were stranded after the the 911 attacks -- it's an odd topic, but a good show.

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There isn't much to tell about here. I got up, took a mindful coffee and dressed for work. Breakfast was an apple with peanut butter and a Lara bar. Lunch is salad jar with tortilla and peanut butter (I didn't put a lot of thought into it). Dinner is Hoppin' John with broccoli.

The weekend is coming. J and I are taking my sister on a road trip to Portland, 3 hours away by car. It's Portland Vegfest! We couldn't seem to get excited to go after going to the one in Seattle and Toronto until we decided to take my sister along. I do want to see the talk by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. There is also a talk about nutrition and Alzheimer's that sis and I should see. Other then that it's about fun!

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It feels good to get healthy habits back on track. There's a new vlog on Sigma Nutrition about healthy habits - it's nothing you don't already know, but he talks about the tweaking and deciding what the critical moments are, and what's important.
sigmanutrition.com/episode249/

Sounds like you're probably too busy to listen to it - it's a 50 min radio show - the beginning and end are skippable.

I hope your date night went well - J is over her cold?

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I only hit the snooze button on the alarm once this morning, then I got up. Not activity this morning. I did take a mindful coffee on the porch. I actually have an 11-day streak going. More important than streaking, I've attended a little more mindfulness for at least for 5 to 10 minutes at a sitting. It's part of an slow trend towards getting back on track.

I'm having a little of the vegan cream cheese on a light rye crisp bread this morning. The cream cheese is very tasty! I'm looking forward to trying the "Pub Cheddar" recipe from the cheese-making talk in Toronto. The timing just hasn't worked out.

The remainder of my break is a banana. Lunch today is West African peanut soup, and a tortilla with cream cheese and avocado. I have a date with J tonight. We are meeting friends for dinner before going to the theater. Dinner is a little out of my hands, but not my control.

My walking buddy just walked past my office door. He is back from cardio-rehab workout. They, "kicked his butt" today. My guess is we will take the flat route today avoiding the hill climb. That's okay. I mostly need to stretch my legs after the run yesterday.

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Gill, look for a delicata squash. it looks like all the other winter squash but has a thin skin. It's personally sized too.

I followed through with my plan running and mowing after work today. I feel an early night ahead of me.

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Sounds like you have a good relationship with your neighbour - that's great!
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I've yet to venture into tempeh and seitan stuff - I've only tried it once and wasn't over-keen.

There are some lovely local squash in the shop, but I hesitate to buy them because I'm not confident I'll be able to cut them! Even butternut can be difficult - although peeling it is usually an option. When I was at my brother's, my s-in-l had some pre-cut butternut squash chunks which she roasted - that's an option I suppose.

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Yeah, I can be a fiddly cook some times. It serves me because trying new things keeps me focused on my health goals too. Although, cheese making is not exactly a low fat/calorie focus. Cheese making does take a lot of cashews. I'm lucky to have a source of reasonably priced cashews. At $7 dollars for about 3.75 cups of cashews a 1/4 cup of cultured cream cheese (or ricotta) costs about 50 cents. Now I need to com are that to the cost of store bought cheese. I need to run the nutrition numbers on the cashew nut cheese too.

On Monday I took my work buddy for a walk and mowed the grass at home. Not a great deal of exercise there. Eating was okay and my weight is down slightly from a week ago. I change my dinner plans. I made the same West African peanut soup that I made last week. I have a butternut squash to use up. I added some tofu because .... how else will I get my protein. emoticon :D I made that joke to my neighbor C but she didn't get it. She liked the soup though. C was bringing me a couple packages of tempeh that no longer fit their diet. Her husband S is going Ayurvedic and tempeh is not on the menu anymore. I she had texted 10 minutes earlier I would have put it in the soup instead of the tofu. Yum!

Today I have a brought a salad jar for lunch. It has lots of radish, cucumber and red pepper with black beans. My post run (and more lawn mowing) dinner is Hoppin' John and broccoli. It's a beautiful sunny day and I packed my running gear. Looking forward to a run along the river after work.

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I am really happy to know you had a good weekend - brilliant hike, eh? Lovely larch tree photos too. Well done!

You are a much more fiddly chef than me - I'm very impressed by your cheese experiments. Maybe now I have a better blender/processor I might be able to have a go - it always seems to require so many cashews though!

Great job with the meal prep etc. I realized at 8pm last night that I needed to prep lunch for today - quinoa kind of buddha-bowl with beans, tomatoes, broccoli, grated carrot, sliced orange pepper - and a lovely orange-miso dressing from Oh She Glows! cookbook. I might be out for lunch with the lady I'm supporting - in which case, I'll have soup - and have my buddha bowl for dinner!

Have a good day!

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Thank you Gill! I had a very nice weekend. Saturday was a long hike with a longer drive. A little group of us went for a "larch march." Larch trees only grow on the east side of the North Cascades at elevations above 5,000 feet (1,500 meters). I left home at 5:30 and didn't get home again until past 23:00. It was a long day. Sunday was beautiful. I slept late. Took a mindful coffee on the porch. I laid back down for an extra snooze. I met a sister-in-law for coffee in the afternoon. Sunday evening I made eggplant lasagna rolls ( minimalistbaker.com/eggplant-lasagna-roll-
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). Instead of making a faux-cheese from tofu, nutritional yeast and lemon, I used experiment in cheese making test 2, a nice cultured cashew ricotta. It was delicious. I have made this recipe before. The cultured ricotta was much, much better!




Larch trees in full color.

I'm trying to be more mindful with my eating. I have not made a meal plan. Instead I went the make ahead route. I was up this morning puma king 'Hoppin' John' in the Instant Pot. I drained away most of the liquid, mixed in some of the beans and rice to make hopping' John soup for lunch. I will have the Hoppin' John for dinner Tuesday and Thursday. Tonight I will stir fry broccoli to have with rice. Wednesday is date-night. J and I are will meet friends for dinner in town. That just leaves Friday and I have a meal plan! I made up salad jars for tuesday and Wednesday lunches, too. I had a productive morning!

Adventures in cheese making: I mentioned above that I used test cheese 2 in dinner Sunday night. I had fresh culture and wanted to test adding the salt before fermenting the cheese. I blitzed the cashews in my little food processor knowing it would do a mediocre job of it. The culture worked great. The surface did not discolor like test cheese 1 did. The texture was gritty from the food processor versus the smooth creamy texture of the first batch blitzed in the Vitamix. I though about it and decided the texture was more like ricotta then cream cheese. Once I changed my expectations I thought it was wonderful. It really is incredible. It really does taste and feel like ricotta 'cheese'. If anything it tastes better (cheesier) then most store-bought ricotta.



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I hope you are having a good weekend.


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Funny how we can manage things like a 7-day juice feast/fast, and then drift back into grazing............ argh! I ate biscuits instead of my soup this evening. If I'm honest, even as I picked them up in the shop I half-knew I'd have a problem with them.

I hope J is on the mend. Apparently my son and grandson both have rotten colds. My daughter-in-law is waiting for her turn! CB who came today has a sore throat - she says it's not too bad, but I could smell it (I didn't tell her that!) on her breath.

I seem to be OK - nothing has developed from my grotty feeling the other morning. I'm back to work on Monday - I hope that doesn't trigger it.

Fatigue in the quads sounds like a positive training effect.
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As I reported in the running tread, I was late getting to my Thursday evening run. I shortened the run because of that. It was okay since I could feel fatigue in my quads. The important thing was to follow through and I did. I got home late enough that I basically ate dinner and crawled into bed. I read a few health related articles on my tablet before going to sleep.

I forgot to weigh myself this morning. I just had other things on my mind. I have a ways to go cutting back with my eating. I'm doing better with evening grazing. Maybe because I've been eating late this week.

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10/11/18 12:11 P

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Thanks for the FWTS invite. The scale and I are good friends. I'm a daily weigher when I'm being honest about my weight gains and losses. I'm back on the scale this week which is a big step forward.

I ate well on Wednesday but only got a short walk with my walking buddy at work. J has a cold which sort of canceled our date night plans. I convinced her to let me come over and make her some soup.What else do you need when feeling sick?! I made West African Peanut Soup from 'Yup, It's Vegan. It was very good!

yupitsvegan.com/west-african-peanut-soup/

I made it with butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes. I added a little extra water to make thin it out a bit. I didn't serve it with a starch.

Thursday
It's house clean-up Day. I put extra effort into cleaning up not working out. I have my gear for an after-work run. I'm eating in a controlled manner, weighing daily, and keeping to a twice-per-week running plan. I'm doing good.

Brian
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10/10/18 4:01 P

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Darn, just lost my post!

I'm glad you felt the benefit of your run.

You could follow along with the Friends with the Scale book on 100DWL. You get my daily email I guess? It's helpful revision.

Gill

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10/10/18 12:30 P

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I felt a bit down at work on Tuesday. This is usually my favorite time of year at work because of all the activity getting ready for the wet season. This year ... nothing. I felt very irrelevant. I stopped on my way home for a run. It picked up my spirits a lot. I guess I just let go of work and didn't think about it again until this morning. The run gave me the feeling of accomplishment that work did not. I was up a little past my usual bed time concealing my son in financial matters. He's settling into his latest 'new job'. I'm hopeful that this one will work out for him long term. Talking to him made me feel relevant again.

Wednesday
I slept well yet resisted the alarm when it woke me up in the morning. I was just soooo comfortable. It wasn't too long before I was up. I had laundry to move around -- I put the laundry outside on the line after it was dark and had to make a few adjustments in the daylight. I payed a few bills and got a jump on house pick-up day.

I'm back to weighing daily. It's a hard thing because I don't like to have to look at the way the number had gone back up (I don't blame the scale, we are still friends ;). It is a good step towards taking control of my eating again. I'm working towards No-S. I've done reasonably well this week.

Brian
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10/9/18 12:33 P

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I get your point, Gill. I find it interesting. I think the motivator this time was all the lovely cultured nut cheese available in Toronto! Here at home all I find in flavorless, highly processed coconut oil based 'cheese product'. They remind me of "VELVEETA". My cream cheese just three ingredients, cashew cream (fat), salt and the culture (it's also the liquid). The complex stuff is left for the little probiotic organisms in the culture. On the other hand, I will probably tire of cheese making like I tired of making kombucha. And, jams.

As I was headed towards the door this morning I remembered to take my running gear. Whew! Good catch.

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10/9/18 12:05 P

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Cheese experiment interesting. As you are already used to making fermented things, I guess this is an acceptable wait for you - not sure I could be bothered!


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I got out for a walk at noon on Monday and ate fairly well all day. I'm putting more thought into meals. Although I did not write out a food plan for the week.

Gill, I sort of wrote about eating vegan at restaurants in little towns on your journal. After the hike on Saturday, the group stopped for dinner in the little town of Darington. How does a plant-based eater eat in a place known for it's pot roast and burgers? Pretty typical of these places the only choice was the "garden patty". With the only other choice being a garden salad and fries/chips, I ordered the patty without asking any questions. Not all 'garden patties' are vegan. Many use egg to bind them together. Sometimes making the best choice available and 'not asking questions' is the best way to go. Out our group of 16, six were vegetarian or vegan. Our biggest concern was they would run out of garden patties!

Adventures in cheese making: My first attempt at making a cultured nut cheese was cream cheese. This was a simple 48 hour recipe to test my reguvelac culture. I made it up Friday night and let it sit out out in a bowl under a clean dishtowel. When I checked it Saturday morning it didn't look too good as the surface was discoloring in an unexpected way. After 24 hours it looked a little worse. On Sunday I scraped away some of the off-color skin that was forming on the surface. To my surprise the cashew cream underneath was taking on an airy quality, a sign of the culture working. It tasted (yes I tasted it) was just slightly tangy. It had become cheese! I let it culture for 60 hours. Then I scrapped away the skin that formed on the surface. It stirred in a little salt and that made a world of difference. It actually tastes like a light cream cheese. I had some with my lunch on Monday. I feel okay 24 hours latter. I guess it's a success!

I have a second batch going now where I added the salt at the beginning. Most cheese has added salt. The salt acts as a preservative inhibiting 'bad' culture as well as a flavor enhancer. I have it fermenting on the counter now. I'm interested to see if the salt inhibits the surface growth.

Brian
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