I am moving right past the fact that this is it, right now, as I type this, the two year anniversary of the discovery day phone call. Blue Eyes did write me a beautiful and loving thank you note acknowledging that he knows what this day represents to me and that he is grateful for everything I do for him and with him and he knows how much I love him despite what has transpired and he loves me dearly, too. And on that note, I am blowing right on by any negative significance of this day. It’s just another day, like any other day…
Finally, after another pretty tumultuous year, the last thing I noticed, glaring me right in the face as I shuffled through those many many 2015 blog entries, was that I had made some health goals. Very general health goals, but they were there. Blue Eyes and I made it through 26 days of the Whole30 program in March/April, while traveling many of the days, mind you, and I lost 8 pounds. I was trying to remember why we stopped suddenly, so close to the finish line, and then I remembered Blue Eyes was hospitalized during that time. I was never able to officially quantify whether the eating plan significantly impacted my “numbers,” and we did have a couple cheat days, but I know I felt good. I know at the time my blood pressure was wildly inconsistent, but there are dozens of factors affecting the BP, namely, STRESS. My blood glucose numbers overall were better than they are now as the doc contemplates what to do next with the medication (which I abhor taking).
So, after a family pow wow, the three of us have decided to give the Whole30 another go round. It is that time of year again. Time to get my act together and lose that next 20 pounds, focusing on whole fresh foods sans preservatives, added sugars, breads, pastas, rice, legumes, etc… I wish it wasn’t about weight and the scale and all that, but weighing myself is a way to quantify progress towards eliminating the fat that makes it more difficult for my body to metabolize food. We are doing so much better now. Things are calmer, less traumatic, less stressful. I feel a whole lot better physically this year than I did last year at this time even though we spent the past month or so gorging on comfort foods. The stress was really the greatest contributing factor to my poor health last year and I am not going to let the stress win.
I won’t bore you with all the numbers, but suffice it to say, today is day 1 of 30. Over this past weekend, we finished off all the breads and dairy hanging around the fridge and cupboards. Last night while Blue Eyes was at his first Buddhist Sangha meeting since surgery, The Peacemaker and I hit Whole Foods. Later in the eve, we contemplated our last opportunity to have a “real” dessert for 30 days, and we realized, we don’t really have dessert in our house. Realizing it at the 11th hour was a bit of a bummer, but I think we had done a good job of only making or bringing in treats we could consume in a day or so. That is progress. Today I will clean out the rest of the pantry, fridge, and freezer.
This morning as I was preparing to make our first breakfast (we got up late today), I had planned steak, eggs, and veggies, The Peacemaker sent me a text saying he and a couple buddies had just finished a wet, cold trail run and were heading back to the house… did we have anything they could eat? Of course I told him yes, we always have food for hungry “kids” at our house and then I set about using the four chicken breasts I had poached for lunch and I made a big bowl of chicken avocado salad. I grabbed a head of lettuce and some additional crisp veggies and pulled the pitas out of the freezer for the bread eaters. I thinly sliced the steak and sautéed with the veggies and boiled up some potatoes on the side. It looked like enough food for an army, but when all was said and done, the food is gone. Tonight I am preparing Thai halibut soup and a fresh spinach salad.
I have also, finally, called our local yoga studio, walking distance to our house, and signed up for a beginner’s class. Yay me!
It’s just another day, like any other day… and it has been a good one so far!