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Yeah so- it's been a weird few weeks, hence the lack of updates. Been traveling, work schedule has been off, hell, I've been off, and while I haven't been binging off the deep end, I haven't been tracking my food, exercising, or weighing in like I have been.

At any rate, upshot is I'm down one more pound since my last official weigh, and still one more freaking pound away from my fifteen pound goal.

I'm also stressed out to a ridiculous degree, and stress is not conducive to weight loss.

So yeah. update. wheeee

oh, and have a progress pic of sorts )
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No food list this week, because I've not been good at tracking either my food or exercise this week. I've not felt well on several levels, plus my normal routine was very, very off due to a variety of reasons.

That said, my current weight is now...233.6. That's right. The week was a wash, which I will gladyly take. Given how stressed and hurty I've been, I was fully expecting a gain. Maintaining, even under very poor conditions, is a win for me.

I'm planning to get back into my exercise routine tomorrow. I biked last Tues and Wed, but other than that did no actual "exercise" for the week. I just hurt too much, and the idea of doing thirty minutes of anything remotely strenuous made me want to curl up in a ball and whimper. I'm not actually any better this week, but if I let it go too long I'll never get back into it. So I'm going to make myself do something, even if all I can manage is fifteen minutes of that something, in five minute intervals.

And no, I'm not going to injure myself. It isn't that type of pain I'm dealing with. If anything, getting moving might relieve some of the pain. It's just a struggle to do something contrary to my hibernating instincts when everything from the waist down feels like it's caught in a vise.

I really want that two pound loss this week though, want it like burning. I try not to get caught up in the numbers game, I really do. I need to see another real loss soon, though, not just a false loss from a water gain.

On a positive note, I plan to purchase some new jeans this week. My ass is practically swimming in the old ones and I don't think I can put it off any longer.
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So, yeah, I know I missed checking in last week. It was a bit of a crazy week. But last week I weighed in at 235.2, which was another slight gain. Again, I'm not worried about those because I'll just lose it again in a week or so. After all, I really doubt it's hard weight gain; just water.

This week, as expected, I've dropped most of it, and am back down to 233.6. Not quite where I was two weeks ago, but I'm within a few tenths of a pound. I'll be back much closer to my normal routine this week, so I'm expecting another drop when I weigh in next weekend. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for at least a two pound loss, because that will put me at fifteen pounds lost. Which means I can get a mani and pedi and be pampered. :) I've only ever had a manicure once in my life, and never had a pedicure, so I'm really looking forward to this reward.

I also have my exporting issue fixed, so you get treated to the minutia of my food intake again. You'll notice that Friday is incomplete, and that there is no food or exercise actually tracked for Saturday and Sunday. This is because I was out in the woods at Daughters of the Moon, and the last thing I was going to worry about in the middle of a spiritual retreat was trying to write down what I ate.

It was also sort of an experimental week for me. I know that realistically, I am not going to be tracking my food for the rest of my life, or will be able to exercise almost every day, and I have a few road trips coming up. I needed to see how I could handle flying by the seat of my pants, so to speak. It wasn't too bad. The biggest issue is that when I don't plan it out, I am much more likely to revert to processed foods. Calorie-wise, I don't do much worse. But nutrition-wise- yeah, kinda fail there. So I need to work on that.

I'm toying with the idea of banning processed foods from my diet for a week, just to see how it goes. It will require a lot of planning, and I'd have decide what constitutes "processed" for me; the bottled orange juice I prefer, for example, could be considered processed by some, but since it has no added sugar and is just orange juice, I'd still drink it. Stuff like that.

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Sorry, you're not getting the detailed food list this week. (I'm sure you're horribly disappointed). I'm having some issues exporting the list at the moment.

It's Period Week, which means a slight gain as I greatly indulged my salt cravings this past weekend. Just 1.2lbs, bringing me back to 234.2. No biggie. It'll be gone plus some at the end of this week.

(And OMG it is also Cramps From Hell Week. *whimpers*)

For those who don't know [livejournal.com profile] uglygrandmother, who was kind enough to give me a place to live when my life fell apart, has quit smoking. This is a very, very good thing. It does mean that we have all been going through withdrawal all week, so everyone feels like crap. Including the cats. That said, it was a good week for me, overall.

I am discovering that I just can't make myself exercise once I get home from working a day shift. By the time I've driven home, decompressed, cooked and eaten dinner, well- I'm exhausted, and my legs are killing me. My foot problems seem to be coming back. This is bad. What I do instead is try and work some exercise into my work routine. I try not to stand still, always, moving or dancing about a bit, and do some stepping and pushups periodically.

What I'd like to do is find a decent gym I could hit after work to do some weight training. It's been years, so I'd need refreshers on the machines, but I used to love strength training. My issues are still the same though; I hate the idea of being watched while I work out, because my inner self always assumes people are being critical or derisive. Of course, having been told that I had no business taking up the weight machine times since I was just a fat lazy cow is still a memory I need to let go of. It is difficult. Maybe if I had someone to work out with, it'd be a bit easier. Any takers?

Clothes that were tight this time last year are loose. Yay!

I've been cooking more at home too, trying to help Trudy out. I think that's been good for food intake, all around.
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So there is a definite pattern to my gain/loss cycles. Every three weeks, I have a two to four pound gain, and then the next week, am back to what I was two weeks prior, give or take a few tenths of a pound. Which, yes, means that I've "lost" everything I showed as gain last week. Current weight is now 233, which is a 3.2 pound loss. The gain is obviously just water weight. Possibly it is a stress related gain. More likely, it is due to period prep.

Still, being able to identify the pattern and know it's a water weight gain, not an actual weight gain, is most helpful on the psyche. It doesn't mean I can get sloppy, but it does mean I can give myself a mental pass from the negative internal dialogue.

On the subject of wellness (not necessarily of the physical variety), I have decided recently that it's time to start living for me. That may sound silly, and I've mentioned before that I need to "fix myself", but it isn't the same as living for myself. See, I've always defined myself by what I could do for other people, what I could be for other people. Recently, I've had to step back and take a good hard look at the reasons for that. It isn't a very pretty thing to examine.

I have been withdrawn to the extreme in the past few years. I work, I get home, I get on the computer, I chat. I stay home and embrace routine. Routine is safe. Routine is good.

Routine sucks dead donkey balls.

So, I'm now allowing myself a bit of kitty money to go out and do something at least once a week. This decision came about after Emmy dragged me out to Mid-South Con a few weekends ago. Since then, I have had dinner and a movie with a friend I hadn't seen in...close to two years, I think, and I have spent three whole hours basking in the glory of sun and flower at the Botanic Gardens. I even sketched! It was wondrous!

I'm also learning that my own company can be rather good company. About damn time.


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Quick post, because it has been a long day, and I am very tired. Just wanted to make sure I got this posted today/

Perhaps (crosses fingers) the log jam has broken. I lost 3.8 pounds this week. That makes two back weeks of almost four pound loss. If I can get myself into the groove of losing every week, even if it's just a pound, I'll feel much better all around. It's always hard to get started. But I've been at this for over two months now. Which, incidentally, is the longest I've ever actually stayed with a lifestyle change program, diet, what have you. The exception to that would be when I took aerobics and weight training in college, but that wasn't actually for weight loss purposes.

So, new weight is 233.6, total loss of 13.2 pounds since Jan 1. I think that's decent progress, not too fast. If I keep on this trend, I might break fifteen pounds lost next week, but I'm not gonna freak if I don't.

My ten pound loss "prize" was the Shadowblade Megatron Leader class figure from Animated. I've been lusting after the toy for ages, but just couldn't see spending forty bucks on it. So I made him a prize. Technically, I've had him for a week; I traded [livejournal.com profile] ravynfyre several boxes of Girl Scout cookies for him (she doesn't have a Scout to buy from where she is, and I could no longer find him down here). But, I could not open him 'til I lost the ten pounds.

I am opening him after I post this. >_>

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It's been a rough week for me mentally. I'm very glad that I sat down and planned out my meals for the week before Tuesday, because having that kept me from just making some really bad choices in the heat of the moment.

New weight is 237.4, a 3.4lb loss, which brings me back down almost to where I was when I went down to my Dad's. Considering that I also started my period this week, I'm happy with that. Still quite annoyed at having not broken that ten pound mark, but I should hit it next week plus some.

More random info about my eating habits:

When I list things as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, it does not equate to the "normal" times for said. I usually have my first meal between 10a-12p, my second between 2p-4p, and my third between 9p-11p. My body has become condition to working a predominately closing retail schedule, and I usually am not up before 9a unless I'm opening. Eating earlier than two hours after waking makes me feel nauseated, though I can usually manage a piece of fruit after hour one. if I'm working a 4p-close shift, I do get a fifteen minute break and usually have a snack, but it's seldom enough to get me by 'till my normal crash time of midnight.

I am however, eating a meal which approximates to "Breakfast" now, something I haven't been in the habit of doing for literally most of my life. So, that's good.




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Quick post, because I'm tired, cranky and all around unhappy with life.

Current weight 240.8, which is a 3.6 gain from last week. Not surprised. Between travel, interruption in food and exercise schedule, and coming up sick this past weekend, I'm just glad it's not five pounds or more

I have had five boxes of girl scout cookies in my room for a week, and haven't opened any of them. The one box of thin mints I gave Trudy, I had one cookie. Since I would normally sit down and eat most of a box in a sitting the day I brought them home, I consider that a NSV.

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Wheeeee! Rollercoaster!

Seriously though, this was one of those weeks where I knew I'd be lucky to have any loss at all. Too many comfort food choices and too much fast food, coupled with my being very stressed this week, equals a body that holds on to weight like a starving thing.

Despite feeling like a bloated cow all week though, I have a loss of .4lbs. Still not quite to the ten pound mark. Mrf.

And before anyone starts in on me about beating myself up with the cow comment- I'm not. That's how I've honestly felt all week. I've slept like crap, been stressing over work, money, a friend's wedding invitations, my upcoming trip home and my iffy car, and the very bad situation another friend is in. I'm not going to wax poetic about how I still feel all positive and light after the past week; sorry, I quit lying to myself awhile back.

My new weight is 237.2, and I lost an additional 3.25 inches since my last measurements. I like seeing the inches lost even more than I like seeing the weight come off, to be honest.

Next week I expect a gain, or at best to hold even. I'm down in Dothan 'til Wed, which means a diet of good old-fashioned southern cooking- and that means fried foods and lots of starch. I can't ask Ernestine to cook special food just for me, and I don't want to. I like some old school southern cooking, from time to time. This doesn't mean I'm going hog wild and not tracking food; on the contrary, I'm paying closer attention than I usually do to portion size and the like.

>_> There is homemade strawberry shortcake, though. I am so not passing that up.



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I'm back on track, with a 3lb loss from last week, putting me at 237.6lb. That gives me a total of 9.2lbs loss since the beginning of the year. So close to that ten pound goal!

I am starting to get a better idea of how my body reacts to certain foods, as well as how it reacts during those lovely monthly cycles. You recall that I had a gain last week of 1.4lbs? Well, as mentioned I knew I'd be starting my period any day- did in fact start it within hours of that post- so I wasn't going OMG RAWR I GAINED WEIGHT! Had I not shown at least that 1.4lb loss this week, I might have been irked. Losing more than that, on a week when I wasn't exactly focusing on my intake and exercise as normal, is rather a bit of a bonus.

I am not a sweets person. Oh I love me some sugary goodness, to be sure, and a little taste of sweet after a meal is perfect. But the older I get the less of a tolerance I have for things whose only taste is sweet. So I don't tend to crave sweets during my period. What I do crave is salts, fats, and protein.

I don't deny myself foods just because they aren't "healthy" or don't fit my "diet" because I'm not on a diet. I'm just paying attention. Does that mean I'm going to sit down and just eat those types of food indiscriminately? No. But- as was the case with the Wendy's Baconator meal I had on Wednesday- if a craving persists, is specific, and I have not been able to satisfy it through less caloric means, I simply allow as best I can for the indulgence.

I missed two days of exercise: Friday and Saturday. Friday I always open at work. Usually, I workout after, but I had a my doll swap that night, and errands to run. By the time I got home, it was after nine, and I was just too tired. Saturday, I simply overslept, and didn't have time before work. Again, I was home around nine, and I just can't seem to make myself work out that late. It didn't help that I was flat out exhausted from work, either.

It does make me wonder if I'd a) exercised one of those days, or b) changed up the diet a bit if I'd hit that 10lb mark. Oh well. No biggie!

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I forgot to weigh in before I ate yesterday morning. I just woke up feeling very off, and never seemed to get into a groove yesterday.

Showing a gain this week of 1.4lbs. I'm not letting it gt me down on the process though. I fully expected little to no loss this week. I just haven't felt right all week. Dealing with a lot of stress from various sources. The body holds onto weight and fluid when stressed, and that coupled with the fact that I should be starting my period in the next few days plus an almost 4lb loss last week...well, yeah. Body is not inclined to shed weight right now.

So, that puts me back in the 240s at 240.6. Lost 3.25 inches since my last date with the tape, though, and that makes me happy. Measurement progression for the interested are:

Chest Waist Hips Thigh Wrist Ankle Upper Arm

50" 45" 53" 30" 6" 9" 20"


49 44 52.5 29 6 8.5 17

49 43 52 28 6 8.25 16.5


My 5lb loss reward was going to be a Lady Gaga CD, however, a friend/customer from work surprised me with copies of both of her albums a week or so ago. Instead, I picked up the TF NEST Bumblebee & Soundwave repaint pack. Honestly, I only bought it for the send away for the special Ravage redeco. >_> I will likely keep Soundwave because he will match Ravage, but Bee is getting rehomed.


NSVs:

The one pair of jeans I have that doesn't contain stretch material is only staying up because of my hips. And that after running through a wash and dry cycle. Tangible results are always good.

Increased the resistance on my bike a notch, so I'm running at level six of eight. Speed has increased without my really meaning to, and I'm running at an average of 15MPH now.

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It has been horribly, horribly cold down here, and for the past two days, I've pretty much been trapped in the house. We got caught up in the nasty winter storm that slid across the Midsouth the last half of the week, but we were just south enough to get more sleet and freezing rain than snow. Admittedly the four to six inches of pretty solid ice covered in powder likely wouldn't phase some of you reading this, but Memphis (and Memphians) has no idea how to react to that kind of weather. There are not enough plows and sand trucks, and instead of pre-salting the major roads when ice is an almost certainty, they wait until the weather actually hits and people have trouble driving. People zip along the icy roads (those with heavy enough vehicles, anyway), not thinking that they need to allot extra distance for turns and stops than normal. I don't live in Memphis proper; I live in a small military town north of Memphis, which means only the two or three main roads get plowed out. So, since my work closed down Friday and Saturday, I decided there was nothing I needed outside of the house that couldn't wait 'til today.

I have been wonderfully unproductive these past days, spending my time huddled under a blanket and goofing off on Facebook games or chatting. I did go out yesterday and spend about twenty minutes chipping my car out of the ice, and I did make myself exercise.

This week, I've had a 3.6lb loss, putting my new weight at 239.2lbs Now, before anyone jumps me for it being too much, let me remind that I had less than 1lb losses the past two weeks. I have not starved myself, as you'll see from the food list under the cut. In fact, I went over calories a few days, and the past couple I have indulged in some comfort foods, including homemade brownies. Which, I must add, I am currently enjoying with a glass of milk for breakfast; they are most delicious. There are a variety of factors which likely contribute to such a large loss, including the following: I changed up my exercise routine, paid more attention to my water consumption, and am back to more normal bowel function. Sorry if that last is TMI, but it means my body has adjusted to my increased fiber intake and is processing food properly again.

In regard to exercise, you'll see that instead of biking some days, I've got "Dancing-general" listed. My thighs really were starting to bother me and needed a break, but I didn't want to skip a workout day. My workouts aren't quite true habit yet, and skipping one day would let me justify skipping another, and another. So Tues, I snagged a couple of 2lb hand weights at the Mart of Walls, came home, and cranked up Lady Gaga's The Fame. I danced around for pretty much the whole CD, alternating between higher aerobic dance and upper body weight work. I pick a different CD each time, and I really enjoy the workout. Just holding the weights while I dance helps give me a core workout, I've found, and that in addition to the moves I use to work upper arms, chest, and back. I'm pretty sure I'm actually burning more calories than I'm speccing because of using the weights, but that's all right. I'd rather underestimate than overestimate. I also like having this option because I really don't like to do my bike when people are home, because it's in the common area. I dislike being talked to when trying to work out.

Some random things that I haven't mentioned before, but some of you might be interested in:

*The reason you will see very little drinks listed in the meal rundown is that I drink almost exclusively water. I aim for 32oz a day, and often get closer to 48oz a day. I indulge in coffee when it's bitter cold (like recently) or sweet tea when I eat out. Every once in awhile, I'll have a root beer or fountain soda, like a limeade, but honestly, most of those drinks are simply too sweet for me now. I adore hot teas, but haven't been indulging that fetish lately. Not sure why, exactly- just haven't been in a tea mood, I guess.

*I use a OMRON full body sensor scale when I weigh in. I love it, for it appeals to my geekiness. Snagged it a while back from woot.com when they had it on deal.

*I weigh in the buff, before eating.

*I know that just looking at my diet, it is high in cholesterol. However, high cholesterol has never been an issue for me, nor is it a family issue. While my total cholesterol levels usually sit between the 190 and 200 mark, my HDL is usually higher than my LDL by a large margin. I'm more worried about my blood sugars and my blood pressure than my cholesterol, due to family history.


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I am most put out with my body at the moment.

Have I ever mentioned that my body can go into starvation mode if it even thinks I might be trying to shed some of its rainy day fund? Well, it does.

One of the reasons why I've just kinda said screw the weight loss effort for so long is that I have spent so much of my life obsessing over my weight. I do this diet, I lose weight. I plateau, I gain it back. I try that pill, I lose weight, I plateau, I gain it back. Rinse and repeat. No one ever took the time to talk to me about nutrition, oh no. People were too busy criticizing every bite I took, while at the same time complaining that I wasn't cleaning my plate or insisting that I have a piece of cake while I was visiting. My body is really, really confused about how it is supposed to react to food, drink, exercise, and the combination of the three.

Which is why I'm not surprised to see just a .4lb loss this week. Let me rephrase- I am surprised, and yet, I am not. I've felt really good this week (up until Friday, anyway), I've been doing my exercise everyday, and I can feel the difference. My legs and abs felt firmer, and I've had more energy. I expected at least a pound loss, and to not see that, well, it frankly pissed me off. I know why the loss is so little, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm pissed. I'm pissed that a snowball effect of food choices from Friday and Saturday quite probably negated a chunk of what I'd done through the week. Because I had two very high calorie, high fat meals, and my body went "Ooooooo, calories. *store store store*" instead of flushing them.

And yeah, I'm taking the blame for those choices, trust me. I ate the food while very awake and aware.

BUT! I am redeemed, sorta. I'm only doing my measurements every two weeks. So after I weighed in today, I got out the tape measure. I have lost a total of seven inches.

Seven inches!

For the interested, here's how my stats look after three weeks:

Chest Waist Hips Thigh Wrist Ankle Upper Arm

1/3/2010 50" 45" 53" 30" 6" 9" 20"


1/24/2010 49" 44" 52.5" 29" 6" 8.5" 17"


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Only a .8lb loss this week, but I'll take it, especially considering that a) it was period week b) I went way over calories one day/ made some higher fat food choices this week, and c) had a wedding and reception to attend with no real way of tracking the food. A couple of good NSV's (non-scale victories) this week definitely help with that positive outlook.

1) I can increase both my time and pace on the bike without feeling like I'm gonna faint and fall out. I'm rotating between 30-45 minutes right now, and averaging between 13-14 MPH for at least half that time according to the speedometer

2) I was able to wear a skirt to the wedding that I haven't worn in at least four years, possibly longer. And I looked damn good in it! As a side note to that, I wore my heels for nine hours and only started hurting that last hour. I'll chalk that up to increased leg strength, baby! Though gods, I never realized how much wearing them works my muscles in different ways!

Just a note: I'm adjusting my 101 in 1001 goals regarding exercise. Right now, I'm just specced to do my bike every day for X time frame. I really need to rotate in some upper body workouts and give my leg muscles a break periodically. So I'll be changing that to simply exercising each day. But not until I find either a good workout video or upper body workout that I can do without dying.

Observation: My diet is too high in fats. I know this. I really need to work some fresh veg into it. But I'm doing really good right now just to afford my once a day banana. I am for the most part at the mercy of whatever [livejournal.com profile] uglygrandmother has in the kitchen/fixes for dinner, which is not always the healthiest option. I would rather eat what's available and make it work than not eat and send my body into starvation mode. I also know if I change my diet too radically too quickly, my body will shut down. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, don't really wanna do it again.

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First week back tracking my food through Livestrong and getting back to doing regular exercising. I have my caloric intake set for a 2lb per week loss, not taking into account my exercise. This means that when i burn say 400 calories on the bike, I get to eat those extra 400 calories and still have net calories that fall within my calorie goals.

This method is working out well. It keeps me from being hungry- well for the most part. I have got to figure out ways better work lunches. I'm starving by the time I get home in the evenings. I'm not making the best food choices, but right now, I'm trying to re-learn portion size and control, not totally rehab my eating. I'll be making changes gradually as I progress.

Starting weight was 246.8. I lost 2.8 pounds this week, and I call that staying on target.

Below is the food, exercise, and calories I tracked this past week. Livestrong actually breaks down all the nutritional info, too (fats, sugars, carbs, etc), but I don't have teh space to put the whole file here.


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[livejournal.com profile] beckyh2112 asked me "What does detoxing entail?" Her question plus a few other comments and questions have prompted me to make this entry to explain that, what my detox will entail, and the purposes behind my going through the process.

A detox can mean a variety of things to different people, and often has negative connotations in a person's mind, since it does often involve radical changes, deprivation, and other unpleasantness. It can be taken to an extreme, like any eating or behavior, and if one does this, it can be harmful. Detoxing can cover everything from switching to a vegan or raw diet for a period of time, smoothie or juice fasts, or even water fasts. It can also simply involve removing an addictive substance from one's diet, such as caffeine, sugar, nicotine, alcohol, etc.

As for why I'm doing this- I'm not embarking on this journey for the purpose of a quick flush and fix. I'm looking to make some long term changes, not just in my eating habits, but in my life. It's not just about flushing the congestion out of my body; it's about clearing the congestion around me as well. That includes physical congestion such as clutter, as well as mental, spiritual and emotional congestion. This is not going to be something that happens overnight; I'll be making baby steps. One positive change at a time.

For me, this is a Life Detox.

Some of what I will be doing as far as my body detox is concerned is as follows:

- making sure to drink plenty of water, at least 6-8 glasses/portions per day
- shifting away from refined sugars, not just in cooking but in prepared foods
- decreasing and eventually hopefully eliminating my consumption of prepared/processed foods
- increasing my intake of veggies, fruits, lentils, and non-wheat grains
- decreasing my sodium intake
- decreasing my intake of OTC medicines.
- beginning an exercise regime, centering around core strength and flexibility.

Other items on my Life detox list:

- decreasing clutter, and hopefully my dependence on Stuff
- establishing a cleaning routine that is easy to upkeep, versus having to spend one whole day cleaning a week.
- setting aside a period of time each week to make art
- getting finances back in order
- switching away from chemical household cleaners and utilizing more natural cleansers. This will be difficult, since I always associate the smell of Clorox with Clean, since that's what we used when I was a kid.
- establishing a sleeping routine
- reading every day
- reconnecting with friends
- reconnecting with family

That's the overview. Those lists aren't all inclusive, of course, but that should give y'all an idea of what I'm aiming for with the process. I'm hoping to start the first of September with the food/body detox. I'm already starting on some of the other aspects.

Questions? Comments? Smart remarks?
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First, the food porn!

Last night was our coven's Lughnasadh feast/rite. Since this festival is centered around the harvest, we went with a veggie and grain theme for our feast, centered around a Vegetable Curry. Which meant that I, as the resident Curry Goddess, got to make the main course.

I tried out a new yellow curry recipe, and it was wonderful! Easy to prep, and only about 10-15 minutes of cook time. The heat in the sauce can be very easily controlled, and the sauce is actually very refreshing to the palate. What's more, you can use any vegetables you'd like, really. So, for the interested, I'm linking the recipe.

Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

I highly, highly suggest that if you want to use eggplant, you don't use American eggplant. Search out Chinese or Japanese eggplants instead. They're denser, crisper, and hold their shape. American eggplant tends to be too watery for these types of dishes. Plus, the Asian variety's skins aren't as bitter or chewy as "regular" eggplant. Also, this is not a thick, cooked down curry sauce like many Indian curries; it is a thinner curry and you will want plenty of rice to soak up the yummy goodness. I personally prefer Thai curries over Indian if going veggie.

Cutting the rest, so as not to clutter your f-list )

Real food?

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So. This video is about an almost 4-year old Mcdonald's cheeseburger.

This is...rather disconcerting. I'm slowly attempting to change my habits, not just with eating but other things. Just like the correlation "Coke can be used to clean my battery terminals" has gotten me off sodas, I think this is going to push me off fast food. Because real food does not age like this.



However, the mad scientist in me is very tempted to go buy a McDonalds burger and fries, as well as samples from other fast food places, just to let them age, see what happens, and compare notes.
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NEW YORK - Three years after the city banned smoking in restaurants, health officials are talking about prohibiting something they say is almost as bad: artificial trans fatty acids.

The city health department unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would bar cooks at any of the city’s 24,600 food service establishments from using ingredients that contain the artery-clogging substance, commonly listed on food labels as partially hydrogenated oil.

Artificial trans fats are found in some shortenings, margarine and frying oils and turn up in foods from pie crusts to french fries to doughnuts.


This may sound like a silly and frivilous topic, but think about it. Many cities have alrady banned smoking on a large scale, even in bars and the like. Now they want to tell us what to eat and cook with? Sorry guys, but it doesn't wash. Making the GOVERNMENT responsible for INDIVIDUAL HEALTH is just asking for it. And that's what such laws would do.

I'm the first to say that we eat too many fried foods, and foods that contain too many not-so-nice-for-the-body ingredients. I also feel that smoking is a nasty, nasty habit, and a bad health decision. But that's just it; it's a decision! A choice! You have as much of a right to trash out your body as you do to keep it clean. And IMO, you don't have the right to sue the makers of your cigs, super-sized meals, and beer for "making you sick/fat/etc" after choosing to consume them. Sorry, last time I checked we were people, not lemmings.

But I'm digressing. I'm really struggling to understand how such drivel could even make it to the point of consideration for approval. The smoking issue was at least understandable; second-hand smoke IS an issue, though I do believe it could have been handled better. But this is a foodstuff! And not even one specific to the industry; I've got a can of shortening in the cabinet right now- can't fry chicken without it:)! Is it bad for us? Yeah, but I'm bot eating trans-fatty acids at every meal! And no one else should be either! It's not like telling places they can't use it is going to magically shrink the population or stop heart disease.

Instead of trying to tell us what we can and can't do to our body, why don't they spend more money/time educating the public on nutrition and health? And not the radical ads like the Truth smoking ads, or the ads for this pill, that pill. Real nutrition info. 'Cause the average person doesn't read the ingredients list on foods anymore. For example, a serving of coke and an equal serving of OJ have about the same calories. And unless you are really picky about your OJ, about the same nutritional value. So is it still better to get a glass of OJ? Yes, because you aren't getting nearly as many "artificial ingrediaents." But if you buy the average big name OJ brand, your still getting just as much sugar, mostly added.

We don't need laws dictating the grease McDonalds fries our food in. We need to understand why eating McDonalds food every day (like so many do) is bad for us.

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So I went grocery shopping today.

I usually go on either Sunday or Monday. The places I shop really aren’t that bad even on Sundays. Admittedly, I usually make a point of doing my shopping earlier in the day, to avoid the crowds. The nice thundershower we had earlier delayed me a bit, so I hit the crush. Still, it wasn’t too bad.

“Grocery” shopping takes up most of my day, because I usually go to 4-6 places. First I hit the Pakmail, to get last week’s business mail. Then Petsmart, if I need cat/dog food or litter (which I did). Next, Wal-Mart, then I make a quick pit stop at home, to off-load the perishables. Next it’s off to Wild Oats and Fresh Market, then Schnucks for the last few things on the list. Thankfully, I had no special stops this week.

So anyway, I’m at Wal-Mart, and I’m noticing the large number of people with two or more carts piled high. I’m also noticing that very little of the contents actually have nutritional value.

It got me thinking )

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