Upping Your Game — Butter, Bacon and Binoculars

That phrase has so much challenge in it. I used to think it was doing something far above my head and mind ability. Something so smart, I would never comprehend it, like creating a video game or programing the Roku tv. It’s all relative somehow, understanding beyond my understanding. Well, I seemed to have upped […]

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Upping Your Game

That phrase has so much challenge in it.  I used to think it was doing something far above my head and mind ability.  Something so smart, I would never comprehend it, like creating a video game or programing the Roku tv.  It’s all relative somehow, understanding beyond my understanding.

Well, I seemed to have upped my game without my knowing it.  Around July 1, I had gotten my medicare card and a new bike in one week.  I thought, this is both ends of the candle.  My first bike at 5 and medicare at _5.  The ends meet in the middle.

At that time, parking was a big discussion due to lack of it and cost.  For whatever universal reason, besides the cost factor, I realized that other people NEEDED to park in my spot which I have had for 21 years or so, since the garage was built.  My peers drive an hour and a half and have no place to park except close to another town.

I have been blessed with the ketogenic menu, lost the 150 lbs, replaced the knees and can walk, have energy thru the roof so thought, just do it.  Give up the space.  I have walked to work once, 2.2 miles according to google and it was awesome.  Years ago, I rode to Duke on my former bike.  I have ridden once or twice on my latest bike but it is just to hot.

My employer offered incentives to bike riders which totally met my personal needs.  I can get into the parking space at nights and on weekends when I have production needs that will keep me there till 11 pm.  They also gave us free bus passes good for over a year.  I also found out that due to the Mcard, I can ride free anyway.  LOL!  So I turned in my parking permit around the first of July.  Unbelievable to me.  I just did it.  All the attributes and the sun, the moon and the stars alined.

The next great adventure is here, Upping My Game is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change: It is the Only Constant

Wow!  I haven’t written a blog post since 2015, I will be doing a post more often now.  We all know the saying of Change is the only constant moving event.  To not make a decision is to make a decision.  I have come to believe that if you think about things long enough, the universe will honor those thoughts.

For years as a small child, my siblings were into sports.  I was to fat to play and a bit of a whiny brat.  We were not beaten or abused as children.  Yes, we had our discipline and moments of dysfunctionalism.  I do believe that I was emotionally abused but also realize in the latter years of wisdom, that directions did not come with us when we popped out of the factory.  And, they did an amazing job as the three of us have turned out pretty awesome.

So, here is the latest saga of excitement.  Be careful of what you really, really want, it just might come true.  I have lost alot of weight as you know.  In the past few years, I have had my knees replaced.  They work amazing, but they are borrowed and some things take getting use to even though I am 200% better.  One knee is 1 year and some months and the second knee is two years and some months.

I have wanted to become more athletic but hate gyms.  Like swimming and have found some pools to swim laps, but haven’t made it there just yet.  Awhile back, I went out to get in the car and didn’t.  I kept walking the 1.5-2 miles to where I work.  I felt great, it was awesome, and I decided to do it every day, but I haven’t.

Enter the universe.  Some friends have bought amazing bicycles.  Mark is a chiropractor and very much into taking care of the body.  So he found a bike that is easy on the knees.  When I looked into it, it is the number one choice of knee replacement bikes.  The reason is the pedal section called a crank, is moved forward a tad so it’s like riding recumbent but you are sitting up straight which also helps you back.  It is an Electra Townie with 21 gears.  There are 3 and 7 gear setups but get the 21 gears because it will help you do hills easier.  Another story.

So, this week I bought a bike and helmet.  Just after I made said purchase, Parking announced a small fortune to park where I park.  Sticker schock to say the least.  The offered a deal to turn in your parking pass.  So, I have waffled on this and have made the decision to take the deal.  I have canceled my parking pass and will bike or bus to work.

I am pretty excited and scared at this decision as there is no turning back with parking. LOL. Yet, they have made it totally doable for my parking needs when I need to drive.  So, we are at the beginning of my become more physically fit.  The bus stop is two blocks from home and from work a walk to get the bus.  I love walking and have walking shoes.  I bought them just after walking to work.  I have been provided with everything I need to make this new challenge work.  I will be posting more as I begin my biking to work chapter of life.  I will also ride our beautiful greenways here in North Carolina.  I am grateful to the universe for slowly bring yet another of my hearts desires into a tangible process.

Off I go, it’s a beautiful day here In Durham, NC.  Going to catch some sun and fresh air on my Electra Cruiser.  Yet to be named.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grief, Gratitude, Optismism and the Gift of Life

The summer of 2015 has been traumatic at times, sad, happy, and eye opening.  I haven’t taken the time to peruse all that has occurred this summer.  I want to go over these ideas with you in hopes it will jar/help you into personal action for the life you want to live.  Now, as tomorrow is not promised.  This is the hardest lesson from this summer.

I am thrilled to say, this summer, my second knee replacement was a tremendous success.  I love having two knees that do not hurt.  I haven’t take an tylenol in weeks and for that I am grateful.  During my recooperation, I was able to spend time with a dear friend who entered hospice.  I was able to visit her as she was housebound.  I talked to her daily on the phone and she was always messenging me.  She was full of plans and the desire to plan her future for when she would get well.  She thought she would be this last round of cancer.  She did not get well.

I began to search for inspiration and a way out of how I was feeling.  Another new, and now dear friend came to visit.  She brought information about the Rhonda Bryne books that I had never listened to.  It’s called The Secret, which is very agnostic in approach.  I can take some of it and want to puke at other parts, jus joking.  It was very hippieville at times.

But the second book was The Magic and was about doing a grateful list for 28 days.  The last book was Hero which is about 12 people in real life who put the information to work and changed their lives.  I have done the same thing.  I am full of optimism, plans for my future, and grateful for the awareness of my own tendencies, the good and the bad.

In a nutshell, if you are in a mood of depression, or uneasiness, or just want to not have the anxiety going on in your life.  It is a blue moon and that brings anxiety to all of us as our bodies are so much water, we are effected by the tides as we are water.  Make a grateful list.  Pray or meditate on those you dislike.  Take the person you dislike most and find something you have in common.  Only wish them well.  This will work if you apply yourself.  Envision your future as you want to see it.  Think about what you will be doing.  See it in your mind.

I have now incurred another sadness of someone passing.  12 years old.  The child of an acquaintance.  I cannot wrap my mind around that kind of grief.  He had to explain to his 7 year old that she is just at another address for awhile, until they all can meetup again.  It is horrible.  Yet, I am happy this summer in spite of all of this sadness because I have chosen to be happy.  To love, to share my life with others as best I can.  To only think well of everyone and myself.  Thinking well of myself is often harder than thinking well of you.  I do not say this tritely, you don’t just get over the passing of your child.  If this were my child or family member, I doubt I could be happy for a very long time.  I am sharing life with them.

So, grief will come and pass, gratitude is a daily list, and a choice.  Optismism is the way I want to live and, the gift of my life is one I have no control over.  I hope I wake up everyday and live it to the fullest as I am tuned into the fact, it is not guaranteed.  Death waits for no one and will visit us all at some point in time.

What do you need to work on?  I wish for us all, to get a grip on what we are angry about, what we can change and the wisdom to know when to just go ok, and move on.  Post comments if you like.  I always love hearing from you.  If and when it is my time to return to the spirit world, know that I lived well and I loved all of you without reservation.  I am truly happy this year with the way my life is going.  I found a lifestyle that has given me back my health and allows me to really partake of the good things that had be shelved for so many years.  Ok, some with reservation, but I will always have something to work on.  I don’t want to be perfect because I like the changes the universe brings to me.  I don’t have to know everything just now, just be willing to keep learning, living and being grateful.

Have a great day today and I hope we are all here tomorrow.  Hugs!!

Fashion Conspiracy Theory?? Happiness Reflection?? Color Therapy?? Sunshine??

Years ago, I was part of an art team that taught inner city youth how to change their personal mood by the colors of clothing they chose to wear to school on a daily basis.  I thought of this a lot yesterday.

I decided to go shopping for some spring dresses at the mall.  I went to Macy’s and Belks.  I was schocked at the junk they have in their stores.  If you are a size 18, you may as well give it up for style.  Then I went to Lane Bryant and Ross.  Again, junk.  What I see is bigger than the lack of choice.  It is clothing to promote feelings of anger and unrest, which is a reflection of our country’s mood at the moment.  In truth, my beautiful, smaller friend said there are no pretty clothes for anyone.

If you are going to say something bad about someone, you have to say one thing good about them.  The good thing about my day is that after being large for so many years, I could definitely find a size off the rack I could wear, just nothing for a clothing celebration.  I wish I could say more good things.  I wonder if the stores have cut out their clothing designers.

The conspiracy theory is this.  The fabrics are UGLY.  They look like bad dye jobs.  The patterns reflect what mildew looks like.  There are no happy spring colors.  The designs of fabric are non existent.  If this is what America is to wear, it is a very unhappy statement.  There are no spring colors, mostly blacks, greys, and shades of such.  Design  is non existent.  Who came up with this trash?  It is exactly like asking us to choose which trash we want to wear today.  It is no wonder people are expressing such anger however in appropriate the public displays are.  What we are wearing is not a happy transference to our souls.  If you want to be happier, choose brighter colors. Black is so not there.  I laugh because everyone wants to dress in black and then complains because they aren’t treated as an individual.   Black doesn’t make you mysterious, doesn’t make you look much smaller and always comes in several shades of dog hair.

If you keep people unhappy, we become more self absorbed and less able to see the mess our country is crumbling downward, into the abyss.  I find better colors at thrift stores.

So, today, I am grateful I can sew and I have many happy colors to choose from.  One of my plans for the future is to make happy plus size wear and sell online.  I have plans to make happy spring clothes for myself.   What are you going to do to find things to wear.  What you choose to wear does effect your mood?  Don’t wait for a “size” to make you happy.  If you are happier every day, then changes in your life are easier to make.

The fat discrimination is alive and well in this country.  It is thriving.  Unfortunately, in the next ten years, the country will explode in obesity due to the food chain situation, but I doubt the clothing world will get that point of view.  That is another topic for another day.

Have a wonderful and happy spring day!!!

Is following LowcarbHighFatModerateProtein sustainable and healthy? Is it hard?

This is often the question I get after being ask, What Do You Eat?  People go into a diet mentality which is always a starting point.  The second thing is the instant flashback to other diet adventures, where we were hungry and not having any of our favorite foods, which I know now, was carb addition.  People do not want to accept the real fact, that you don’t love and like these foods, but that you are addicted.  That is difficult to address, it is like talking to a wall.  I tend to bother less and less.  The future illnesses you will incurr, the future medical bills and prescriptions you will incurr and the general feeling of ill health, failing health and all that encumbers is yours for liking your carb addiction, while in total denial.   I can only deal with me.

For me, I came from chronic pain and when it stopped, it became a no brainer, I do not want to hurt or, weight that much ever again.  So for me, is it hard?  No.  I want the life I now have.  I am busy, happy, can move really well, am loving my energy and have a happier, mental outlook.  Yes, carbs can create mental fog.

For you,  ask yourself, why are you doing this?  Or, why are you pretending to do this?  What is the payoff in dilly dallying around with your health?  This menu has worked on 60,000 people and now, it’s failing you?  I guess it is possible, but I am not sure I believe it.  People have different issues, which is why going to a HEAL Clinic is not a bad idea for diabetics or people on medicines.  I don’t know how this menu can hurt you, but then I am not medical.  I am just a person who it works for and cannot have a life without it.

Are there signs that you might need the menu?  Men and women who have stomach girth need the menu.  Is your life worth more than the weekend beer, or pie or chips?  O yes, less I digress, you like them and can quit eating them anytime.  Apologizies, drug addicts are also waiting to cut back, as they can anytime they want to.  Sugar addiction is kin to heron addiction.  Flour breaks down, aka wheat of many names and kinds, is a sugar in your body.  It causes inflammation.  Alot of autoimmune diseases have been linked to flour and sugar.  But I disgress, your illnesses are different and you are unique with them.  You are unique being you, but it has nothing to do with your illnesses.

So, no, I don’t want to get in your stuff.  You can afford the medical protocol of disease and you are supporting the medical industry.  Now, I have no doubt that some people may need meds to get thru the craving part of switching.  Some people have real health issues that are above my head, so you need Dr. Westman in my opinion.  There are others but he is my go to Doc, on first base in Durham, NC   Dr. Eric Westman.  He also has a HEAL clinic near Southpoint.

If you don’t want to do the menu, then own it.  Stop pretending to do the menu?  But, I have to ask you, what is the payoff in not getting optimal health?  This menu gives you more than weighl oss.  In fact, that is the least dependable factor.  You get more energy, feel better, lose body inflammation which decreases body size and your clothes fit better.  You eat bacon, butter, cheese, steak, alot of great foods.  So it’s fine if you LIKE your chips.

I was addicted to chips, beer, candy, all of the things you like.  Within a week or so of starting this plan, I felt better and the like aka cravings for these foods dissappeared.  I don’t think about them anymore.  I can make equivalent food in lowcarb version when I really want to take something to a party, but mostly, I don’t think about them.

I eat alot of fat, the myth of it causing heart disease has been proven that it does not.   You have to eat fat to lose fat.  Studies of science verify this.  You can find all of your own reasons to change or, not change.  I will like you anyway, but your tirade of why you are so different  and can’t do this, is probably as boring to me, as my telling you one more time the merits of this menu.

Have a great day!!  Spring is here and a time for renewal and change.  See what you would like to do differently this year.  It is a far better time, than the cold New Year’s Resolution.  Hope to hear from you………Happy Spring!  Happy Lowcarbing, or not 🙂

Where the gray hair grows? or, As the gray hair shows up or not, for some of us?

I have been watching the winter weather come and go for days now.  We wish for snow; we wish for snow to go away.  We want a snow day; we don’t want alot of snow days.  The only constant thing in our short time in this world, is that time keeps going.  We pretend we are ok with that, PRETEND, because there is no real choice in that process.  We came from the spirit world and we will return to the spirit world.  Whoever created this process has more incite than I do.  However, what I do get a say in, is how I spend this time.

I GET A SAY IN HOW I SPEND THE TIME IN THE PROCESS.  So do you?  So with Spring coming, I feel the new life within myself.  I am lazy in January and February, loving the hibernation of the bears.  We are all wanting more down time, sleeping more, it’s dark earlier.  Now the days will get longer.  Tonight, is Daylight Savings Time Change.  So, what am I really talking about?

For me, I am looking at  How Do I Want to Spend My Time?  Work is work time.  That is a designated slot of the day.  It is a means to an end.

For years I was consumed with food, always trying to lose the enormous amount of weight on my body, with little success.  It took much time and energy, not knowing I was spinning my wheels, a it was a setup.  That is another story.

Now, I decide the menu, put it in fitness pal, go to the to store; done.  I now want the life, after the menu.  The life that the menu said I could have if I stuck to the menu.  🙂  Yep!!  For me, that is loss of tremendous weight.  A new knee.  A rekindling of thing I used to do, and alot that I always wanted to do, but never thought I would be able to.  Or, allowed to do by the universe for many reasons.  I realize that the weight on the body, is also weight between the ears and both need to be deal with.

I will have my second knee replaced May 4th.  I have made decisions that I will work on projects long overdo to be completed.  Spend time outside, with friends and doggies.  Less thinking of the I shoulds.   I have things I love to go and do.  The menu is a small thought process for me now.

In the lives of women, body image has been our subconscious and conscious thought, I think since I opened my eyes after showing up in the outer world.  What other interests do you have?  What would you like to do with your time?  I want to encourage you to stop charting  just the body stuff and menu.

Life is now.  The results are going to be, don’t wait to live your life while you are waiting for your body image to change.  If you stare at your feet long enough, you will fall over.  Start making a list of things you can do, make a list of people to spend time with.  Find the things that make you happy.  Chase away the issues that make your life hard.  This will be continued.  It is a beautiful day outside, get up and sit in a different chair, inside or outside.  Don’t resit in the same place, look at your life from across the room.  More chat to come.  Have a happy day, it is possible because we are alive.  To not make a choice, is making a choice.  Choices can be hard, but one tiny step at a time.  It is awesome, find your courage.  Talk to us about what you would like to be, to have, to do.  Have a great day!!