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.

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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.
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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

I AM THANKFUL FOR:
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
freedom
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
vacation
sunrise on the road

Charleston
SC Aquarium

walking downtown

the beach

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

yummy seafood dinner
crossing bridges

dolphins
silly photos
coming home


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: July 2

I AM THANKFUL FOR

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
July
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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