Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Reality of Getting Healthy

I was recently asked in the comments here on the blog about how that whole healthier living thing has been going, noting I haven't mentioned it recently.

There's a reason for that.  I hadn't mentioned it because you can't talk bit how something is going when, quite truthfully, it hasn't been going much of anywhere.

You see, as far as the whole healthy living thing- I was failing pretty miserably at it. I was still eating a lot of junk.  Not exercising.  And my weight had actually gone up a few pounds rather than heading in that downward direction I had intended.

And I was embarrassed to pull that reality out into the open where not only could everyone else see it; but I would be forced to look at for what it really was.

However, I am pleased to report that things are beginning to turn around.

Over the past three weeks, thanks to plenty of encouragement and gentle prodding from the Man of the House, I have totally revamped how I eat.  No wheat/gluten, no dairy, and no processed sugars.  Less meat. More fruits and veggies.

I haven't been exercising as much as I should.  But after a weekend walking the historic streets of Charleston and going to the park for a walk yesterday evening with the Man of the House - I believe there are improvements being made in that area also.

I'm feeling good.  The eczema on my elbows and ankle has pretty much disappeared!  I have had minimal to no pain from my fibroids this month!  I have already lost 8 to 9 pounds (depending on what time of day I step on the scale).  And I am actually looking forward to going back to the doctor for the follow up on my cholesterol!

So,  that's the reality of where things currently stand with my health.

What are some of your best tips for healthier living?

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Monday, July 20, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: July 20

a yummy fish recipe
sunflower butter
the whole family laughing
green beans from the garden
over sleeping
the Man of the House having a day off
grocery shopping done early
watching classic movies
the male offspring's wound not as bad as we first expected
long texts with my sisters
the man of the house making breakfast
lentil chili
the make offspring taking me to lunch
a great sale on EVOO
sunrise on the road

SC Aquarium

walking downtown

the beach

the Man of the House telling me I look pretty
the City Market

yummy seafood dinner
crossing bridges

silly photos
coming home

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: July 2


A return to gratitude
Iced coffee

Time to write
A quiet evening
Dinner with the Man of the House
Another project complete
Hundred torment clouds in the distance
Picking squash

The first of the homegrown cucumbers

Finding a good sized freezer at a great price
New knives and cutting boards
The grand baby playing in his wading pool
The Man of the House
Making vacation plans
Breakfast on the porch

Big blue Jay calling from the top of the peach tree
Potential opportunities
Blueberry green tea
The female offspring making dinner
Getting up early to go to the farmer's market
A yummy breakfast made by the Man of the House
Freezing dried beans
Harvesting and freezing herbs
Working in the garden
Picking raspberries

That bird outside who sounds as if he's saying "squeaky,squeaky, squeak"
Vegetarian chili
Morning rain shower
Early morning wake up
Freezing squash

Mailing an order to the UK
Summer cherries
Making healthier choices

A quiet house
Seeing a baby praying mantis

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When Things Are Quiet

Sometimes I think this has to be the very best part of the day.

Still early.  I've spent time in God's word.  The man is off to work.  The offspring still asleep.  The house is quiet and peaceful.

It's just me alone with my thoughts.  Quite nice.

I can write.  I can read.  Or crochet.  I can do whatever.  No interruptions.

The whole day spread out ahead of me.  Waiting to be filled.  To be conquered. (yes... I like that - conquered) I can grab the proverbial bull by the horns and tame it.

Carpe diem!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When You Want Something Fresh

The Man of the House and I were up bright and early Saturday.  Some might  even say too early for a Saturday morning.  I would have been one of those people a week ago.

But we were on a mission.  A mission to find ourselves some nice, fresh produce at the local farmer's market.

We are blessed to live in an area with no shortage of local tailgate markets. But the big granddaddy of all the produce markers is the WNC Farmers Market.  Which is where we could be found on this sunny, and already warm and humid morning.

We had a list.  We had a good attitude.  We had our shopping bags.  And we came away with a few staples and something new to try.

I was able to score the fresh free range eggs I wanted, some sweet and new red potatoes; as well as a purple bell pepper.  Purple!  I wanted to plant purple peppers this year, but never got the plant.  So I was excited to find them at the market and get a chance to try it.  Because I think it will be so pretty in a big green salad.  And because it's so fun to say!  Purple pepper. (Go ahead... say it - I know you want to)

One happy surprise was finding I could get the dried beans I needed at the farmers market by the pound, rather than buying them by the bag at the grocery store.  Who knew?  Not me!

We got to see a mini hydroponic growing set up.  Ran into an old friend. And met the delightful owner of a local farm selling at the market.

The Man and I agree - this experience scores a "Win" with both of us.  And chances are, if you're at the WNC Farmers Market one Saturday morning this summer - you might just see us there!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

What To Read This Summer

If you know anything at all about me, it's probably that I am a reader.  My "to be read" list is... well, hopeless.  It never ever ever gets any smaller, no matter how much I read.  Because there are always so many more books to discover and read. 

If we're being honest - my idea of heaven may just be a huge library filled with all the books I never got around to reading in life and with a never ending supply of new books and a comfy chair.  And maybe a bottomless coffee cup sitting on the little table right next to that chair.

What's all this leading to, you make be asking yourself?  Well, when I realized that everyone and their sister seems to be creating a summer reading list, I thought "Sure... why not?"  (yep, that's me putting my awesome creative thinking skills to work.  You're welcome. Ha!)  It just made sense.

I am in the middle of a personal reading challenge for the year.  Reading in alphabetical order by author's last name.  Which you may notice as you take a look at my personal summer reading list. Although there are a few "out of order" books in there as well.  Just because, that book needs to be read.  Like, NOW.

So here you have it -  What I'll be reading this summer:

1)  A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin
I just started this one last night.  The most recent book in the Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice series.  And when I say "most recent" this book came out in 2011.  We're still waiting for the next.  And waiting... and waiting...

2)  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”  The first line is an attention grabber.  The reviews convinced me to make this my book to fill the N spot in my author alphabet. 

3) Once Upon A Summer by Janette Oke
 I needed a book for the O spot in my author alphabet.  This was a freebie that has been sitting in my Nook library for a while.  There ya have it.  

4) A Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson
Another free Nook Book.  Which I have been wanting to read because a) I'm a sucker for historical fiction and b) all the reviews on GoodReads either 5 star loved it or 1 star hated it.  I'm curious to see where I end up in my opinion of it.  

5) The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice
"'What is one sister without the other? Is it even possible to imagine?' New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice explores the complex emotional equations of love and loyalty that hold together three pairs of remarkable sisters"
They had me at "sisters".  Seriously.  As the oldest of 3, I adore books that explore the complexities of the sister bond.

6) Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbot
I have had this on hold at the digital library since the beginning of the year when I was back on "A".  I'm finally at #11, so hopefully I'll be reading it before the summer is out.  The true stories of 4 female spies during the Civil War.

And last, but certainly NOT least - 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my very favorite books of all time.  So, yes - I am almost giddy with the idea of a new book by the same author based on the same group of characters. Welcome back old friends - how I have missed you!  I just hope it lives up to the hype.

I'm also still on the look out for a good book to fill my "Q" author spot.  So, if you have any suggestion - PLEASE share them in the comments!

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's It All About?

It's not about what I do or don't do.  It's not about how good I am.  It's not about how much I plan or how hard I work.  It's not about how many to do lists I make or items I check off those lists.

It's not about me at all.  It's all about God's plans. His will.  His mercy.
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