Praying for you Ecks :D
Praying for you Ecks :D
Hey All! Thanks for your support! Things are getting better but still a tiny bit stressed. I thank god though for everything I have.
Quick weekend update... I got a snow day on friday! We got 15 CM of snow between 3am and 6am and 25 CM total for the day. Crazy day for driving! Friday night I catered a Stag and Doe with some friends. Between 4 of is we fed almost 50 people. One of the guests happened to be a professional caterer and asked myself and CS if we would want to cook for/with him sometime. Of course the answer is HELLS YES! Got properly tanked at the party I do admit. If you're ever looking for a treat I highly reccomend sommersby cider mixed with whisky. :) Delicious! I slept over after the party needless to say- between the booze and the deep snow I was not going anywhere.
Saturday morning I submitted my info for first rounds of interviews at the church. All of my experiences were written up and I powered through the video production that was stressing me out.
Saturday I had another birthday party to go to and sunday I had church in both morning and eve (I volunteer in the evening at my church)
All in all amazing weekend! Next weekend is also a long weekend- we have the most BS made up holiday ever but I won't complain because it is downtime. It's family day! I think it's a load of crock but whatever...
Glad to get an update on The Life of Ecks! Sounds great! Good and interesting things happening.
So I was running into an interesting issue... what to give up for lent. I have very few if any staples in life that I heavily lean on or couldn't live without and lord knows that my self control food-wise would make abstaining from a particular food a walk in the park... So I'm trying something different- I'm allowing myself 1 meal a day for the season of lent (with rest day back to whenever I want to eat). So for 6 days of the week I get one killer meal.
Meal- 2 chicken thighs with sriracha sauce, big salad, 3 slices of bacon, leftover bacon pancakes. (BTW I made wicked awesome bacon pumpkin pancakes for mardi gras! Pumpkin puree, eggs, almond flour, bacon strips, apple butter, cocoa powder, peacans, banana, apple and maple syrup.!)
Ecks, you could always take on something. Before I left the Episcopal Church, that was something they were pushing for. Mostly because many people were giving up something easy and missing out on the point of Lent. So the local church was asking people to take on something they've never done before in the way of charity or volunteering.
I take on too much as it is. I spend a lot of my time (especially lately) feeling like I need rest because I'm out every night. The food one is a good one for me. Instead of giving up food I'm giving up meals. If I get too hungry in the middle of the day and eat a meal 2 time meal then I don't get 1 or 3 or if I wake up early in the morning starving and I choose to eat then I don't get meal 2 or 3. The pangs are a good reminder and work. I don't think I'll feel deprived per say but it'll definitely have myself focused on the purpose of lent at every meal and appreciate the freedoms to eat even more.
Meal- 4 egg omelet (with equal amount of mushroom), 3 thick slices of bacon, 1 chicken thigh with sriraha sauce, big salad
Dessert-1 banana dipped in a mix of hazelnut butter, apple butter, and cocoa.
Supplements- The regulars
Exercise- 3 minute elliptical sprint, 21-15-9 of Clean and press and pushups
Good for you Ecks! Sounds like a good fit for you.... and you may find it has other benefits too from the IF standpoint! I have given up chocolate for lent (and a little longer) since it is such an addiction for me and leads to failure in a lot of areas. :(
I'm giving up carbon emissions. At least some of them. I changed all my light bulbs, and took a couple of them out completely. I'm limiting my car trips, walking instead. I drive into town, park the car and then walk to everything. At work I go around and turn off everything we don't need at night - TVs, lights, equipment. You wouldn't believe how many computers get left on at night.
@Coll - Definitely feeling different. Possibly seeing the effects of IF but I am noticing that non paleo products are starting to smell like food again. Not a fan- I've actually been craving doritos of all things... As it is I thought they smelt like feet before I went paleo. This will be an interesting 7 weeks.
@Siobhan- You're not turning off people's computers after they've left for work are you? It's a very easy way to become unpopular. Especially if you're like me and leave windows of what I'm working on open but the computer in standby. I do like the idea of the carbon footprint but just remember that a lent fast is supposed to be your own spiritual path. Include people only if they want to be.
So this weekend was awesome. 3 day weekends are always nice. Cook day (AKA the day that I cook with CS) was awesome. I chose saturday as my day of rest in lent. Traditionally it's Sundays but I find saturday to be more akin to a day of rest than sundays for me. Felt nice to eat freely instead of restricting to the single meal. It makes me reflect on all of my other meals during my one meal a day fast. :)