Special News Report

I had about 15 minutes to sit down during the day today.  I sat down with my 2 hour late lunch, put on the tv to not think for a couple minutes, and…there is a Special News Report.  And it was not one that made me enjoy sitting down.  I took it as a sign that I was not yet supposed to have a break in the day.

A leader of a nation should not directly separate the country.  Of course we all have different views.  He may be the leader, but his opinion does not reflect the entire country.  I give credit to the Republican leaders who are standing up for those they represent.  The plan on the table is certainly not one in which the whole country agrees.  It is not a plan that is healthy for the country as a whole and for a leader to point fingers at one side because they do not agree with him is appalling.  Leaders are supposed to bring their people together, not tear them apart.  A confident leader would be able to lead by example, be okay with people disagreeing with him and make a plan to join forces instead of putting the blame on everyone but himself.  It is interesting, the book I just finished reading spoke of how leaders can rule with words.  They can make people afraid of things they should not fear, make them bold when they should be cautious, and make them feel guilty for not following their lead.  Words are powerful things…they can build up…they can destroy.

We all have the capability to discern these words  I pray they are pondered before they are followed blindly.

weekly update

Progress…slow but steady!  🙂  I attribute most of it to the whole and non-processed foods!

My bmi is sitting right at 20.5  … would love for it to be under 20 still…hopefully progress continues.

I braved the body fat measurements and ranged from 15% to 19% pending on the calculator…all in athletic range…I was pretty happy with that…still have some percentages to go, but all in all, pretty ok.

I just have to remember this as motivation to keep getting healthier!  🙂

 

 

weekly update

The human body amazes me.  So much progress made last week (likely all water weight) and seemingly all because I had no allergic reactions.  I had reactions more days than not this week and almost all of the weight is back on.  People can say what they want about water weight, but when it doesn’t belong there, you want it gone.  It is real weight, it does effect the tightness of clothes and make a stomach unrecognizable.

The dr. is pretty sure that it is yellow dye and carmel coloring and I am pretty sure I agree.  The only unexplained phenomenon right now is apples.  Because I did not test positive to them with the scratch test.  However, so many storebought items that make me sick contain yellow dye.  I have to be better about reading labels.  I did not even expect it to be in italian dressing or vanilla frosting.  Just another reason to make my own food at home.  😉

So I am discouraged again this week after such a success last week.  I still have 10-14 pounds to go to reach my goal.  My workouts are great…have a few intense ones that I love… and if I tape my foot most of the day I can do a lot with it.  There are swelling days and normal days, but in general all is well.  I guess I can say the same about food at this point.  Swelling days and non-swelling days.

I think after the extreme weight losses and gains and swellings my body has been through I can rationalize the point I am at now.  But, no more excuses.  I have a game plan that is healthy, slow and steady, and yellow dye free.  I am hoping the results come now and stay.

Be back next week!

Yes, Chef

Am I missing something?  Everyone that has read this book seems to love it.  I am only about 2/3 of the way through, but will not be able to renew at the library (due to someone waiting for it) and am wondering if I even want to finish it.  I keep hoping it gets better.

Yes, it is an easy read…but my writing teachers would have nailed him on his slang language and fragments.

Yes, he became a success after his mother died tragically…but he was adopted into a solid and loving family early on in his years.  I am not at all making light of the loss of his mother, but there are plenty of well written success stories of parent-less children.

Yes, he was dedicated…usually I would applaud his dedication, his knowing when to “pay the price” for his dreams, but when the “price” is not taking responsibility for your child, I cannot applaud that choice.

Yes, he is a master chef…and he seems to have the ego to go with it.  I am wondering how many enemies he made after his book was published.

But, maybe I am missing something.  I know his writing style won’t change in the last 100 or so pages, but maybe he will acknowledge his daughter (whose picture I have yet to see in the book with the other pictures), or maybe he will admit he was conceited and foolish as a young man and learned from those actions.  Maybe…

I will say, I applaud his honesty and the fact that he has perfected his craft, but so far I am not a fan of the book.  I also have to add, that I am no better than he is, so maybe I should credit him more for being so honest about himself.  AND, though I have read the book (most of it) I really do not know this man, so no judgment…we may just have to agree to disagree.

If any of you have read it…tell me…is it worth finishing?  Am I missing something?

Here we go…

Alright readers…here we go.  I have mentioned more than once on my war between eating and being healthy.  I am not overweight, but have some areas that need attention.  Over the last year I have started being healthy and fallen off the wagon a myriad of times.  It could happen again, but I am hoping with posting my progress on here that it will keep me a bit more accountable.  No matter what my weight or size I need to be HEALTHY.

Sooooo…at the moment I am at the highest weight I have been (other than when I was pregnant)…nope, not saying what it is.  😉  I know some is muscle, but not as much as I would like.  I will say that my goal weight is 115.  This is huge for me as my goal weight once was 105 pounds and it was achieved, but not healthy.  115 would be both healthy and not crazy.

I am going to lose it slowly…trying to form good habits along the way…I once had them and lost them.  😦  I am determined to get them back.  Plus I know that with my lifting regimen, it will be slow losing weight as I build muscle which weighs more than fat anyway.

My plan is add yet another category to the sidebar and post my progress, struggles, exercise routines, etc.  If you want to join me in this quest, welcome!

I cannot believe I am doing this for anyone to see, but, if it helps keep me accountable, it is worth it.

So…today was my first day to try to be healthy.  I ate about 1500 calories.  I really should be under that for my size and weight, but it is much better than the amount I have been intaking.  After training, my body is having a hard time decreasing the caloric intake.  I have not yet done my workout for the day, but am about to do a weight program, some thigh work with a band and a bit of cardio after that.

In the future I will hopefully post after working out and so can give a more detailed synopsis of the day.

Food today included a protein shake, a lot of fruit, veggies, scallops, almond butter, a slice of cheese and egg whites.

Will be back tomorrow…hopefully tomorrow will be successful, as well.