For all the ladies…

I don’t think I have a lot of men reading this blog except for maybe my husband.  Some updates before I dive in:  I still am off my diabetes medication!!!  I have dropped 1-2 clothes sizes (depending on the manufacturer) and I have lost a band size and a cup size in my bra!

Which leads into my thought for the day…  when was the last time you had a bra fitting???  Your wedding day?  Never?  I would highly suggest going into a store, lots of them offer them now, and have someone correctly measure you for a bra.  Try on one that actually FITS you and see what a remarkable difference is made.  I wasn’t going to buy any new bra’s, after I got back from True North, because I figured that I would just have to buy another size in another few months anyway.  Boy, am I glad I didn’t wait!!!  A well fitting bra makes you feel and look better!  I swear I looked about 10 pounds lighter.  When I got home from purchasing my new bras, I had one of my daughters look at me with my old one on.  Then I went into the bedroom and put the new one on and came back out.  She almost fell off her chair!!!  She couldn’t believe the difference in how I looked just by changing a single undergarment!  As I was purchasing my bra’s, I was reminded of a scene in “Eat, Pray, Love” (I have had to buy extra copies of this movie because I’ve worn them out!).  Liz is looking at a piece of beautiful lingerie and her friend says to her “That’s beautiful, you should get it” and Liz says, in Italian “per chi?” (for who?) and her friend says “For you Liz, just for you”.  Sometimes we need to buy something beautiful and luxurious just for ourselves.  No one else needs to know about it, or see it, sometimes it’s enough to wear it just for you!

What one thing can you do, or buy, for yourself today, or this week, that’s just for you?

Update on the overnight oats recipe I posted a while back:  We found organic quick-cooking steel cut oats at Costco!!!  My husband and I are seriously loving our overnight oats in the morning on our non-“fasting” days.  The steel cut oats definitely give it more of a chewy texture.  I think tomorrow night when I make them I’ll do a 1/2 cup regular rolled oats and 1/2 of the steel cut just to give it a little more balance.  These overnight oats are great for summer when you don’t want to cook oatmeal, or anything else for that matter, and still want a substantial breakfast.  They are a refreshing way to start out your morning!  This morning I mixed in hemp hearts, frozen wild blueberries, frozen cranberries and a tablespoon of vegan chocolate chips!  I had to let it sit for a while to let the berries thaw.

Update on our modified intermittent fasting:  for those of you who don’t know or didn’t remember, my husband and I are doing what’s called a modified intermittent fasting program.  We eat our normal whole-foods plant based diet (good grief I dislike that word because of the negative connotation it has with me) on one day, like today, and the next day we eat 500 calories or less (mostly vegetables).  No, we’re not counting calories.  Most vegetables, on average, have 100 calories per pound.  We would have to eat 5 pounds of vegetables to reach 500 calories!  I don’t think I could physically eat 5 pounds of vegetables!  Fruit it just a little more at 200 calories per pound, on average (granted some are higher and we stay away from those on our “fasting” days).  My husband’s blood pressure has significantly reduced and he is almost at his goal weight!!!  He has also gone down a size in his pants.  Once I get to a weight/size/whatever, I feel comfortable with I will probably stop doing the intermittent fasting and go to a once a month 2-3 water fast as a maintenance measure.  I will, as I have been for the past 2 months, be listening to my body on what’s best and adjust as necessary.

Have an OUTSTANDING day!!!

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Lost in space

Mental health, in my opinion, is just as important and maybe more important, than physical health.  It’s been a little over a month since I was laid off from my job.  I have to admit…  I’m a little lost.  One of my friends, and ex co-workers, and I were talking one day about this being an opportunity to reinvent myself.  Yes, it is.  However, reinvent myself into what???  What do I want to be when I grow up???  I’m a year shy of being an empty nester.  Both of my daughters will be in college and starting on their own lives.  Both of them are also set to change the world although in very different ways.  My oldest is headed into the military with an astrophysics major.  She wants to discover and figure out what’s “out there” and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that she will.  My youngest is going to double-major in American Sign Language and Special Education.  She is going to change the way we teach and interact with “disabled” students.  Both of my daughters, and my lack of employment, have had me re-evaluating my impact on the world.  What has also had an influence on that train of thought is the greed and corruption that I see in corporate America.  I am totally for people making as much money as they can as long as they do it honestly, with integrity and give back, in some way, to the people and communities that helped them get there.

This leaves me not wanting to re-enter the corporate world.  I also have a limiting belief, that I need to work through and get rid of, that I can’t make a “decent” living outside of the corporate world.  There’s a lot of people that do that, why can’t I?  The better question is, why don’t I think I can do that?  It’s all about beliefs.  So, that leaves me wondering, what’s next?  I am still working on the physical health aspect of myself which is getting easier as the days progress.  However, in my opinion, there is one piece that True North doesn’t do a very good job of addressing.  The mental/emotional aspect of why people are overweight in the first place.  In True North’s defense, they do clearly state that the program is NOT for weight loss.  It’s to rid your body of diseases that are caused by your lifestyle choices.  But, how do you change the lifestyle choices without dealing with the mental/emotional aspect?  I am finding myself unconsciously drifting back into old behaviors of eating when I don’t want to feel emotions that have surfaced.  We did have one class on that at True North and I think they should have daily classes!  Being someone that believes that you are responsible for your own choices, I need to make better/different choices when those emotions surface.  The first thing I need to is to be mindful of the behavior.  Second, I need to leave the environment which has caused this emotion and allow myself to fully feel whatever it is that has surfaced.  No emotion will physically kill you, if you don’t bury it!  There is also evidence suggesting that an emotion will only last for 90 seconds if you don’t “loop” it.  (Loop = replay the scenario over and over again in your mind).  Third, I need to have a list of alternate behaviors that make me feel joy, happiness, passion, rapture!

Not sure how I got from not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up to emotional eating behaviors…  🙂

Some ideas that I have on possible income generators:  get my photography website up and running (soon, very soon!); purchase an exhibit tent so that I can start going to fine art fairs and selling my photography and other things I have in mind; crossing guard; master engraver; motivational speaker; whole foods plant based nutritionist; professional house sitter…  the options are limitless!  Do you have any ideas/suggestions?  I would love to hear them!!!  Also, if you have any contract/project work that I could help you with please let me know!  I have experience with MySQL, javascript, Salesforce, JIRA, wiki page documentation, Sabre and Apollo Global Distribution Systems, as well as a lot of other things!

Have an OUTSTANDING day!