[QUOTE=tomi;825227]Yes, squash does take a lot of room - but I have a very large yard. The cracks between my rhodies and azaleas are about 10 feet wide! :) I could probably put in a full on veg. garden by just spreading it all out amongst the shrubs. :) This year I will just experiment with a few types of squash. I'd love to try to grow some sweet potato! [/QUOTE]
That's hilarious! Your "cracks" are bigger than my flower beds. Ah, to be so blessed. I live in a townhouse, so outdoor space is at a premium.
:) There are advantages to living in a townhouse! No grass to mow, or outdoor painting to do! We have 1/3 of an acre. I do love my yard! Heres a picture of the fish pond my husband and I built. [ATTACH]7350[/ATTACH] That was taken about 4 years ago, so there is much more greenery now. I love gardening!
Lovely, lovely. I am properly jealous.
I love gardening too. The last couple of years I couldn't even keep up with the townhouse though. :( Trying to set things to rights now.
So..... the scale still says 189. At least I'm holding steady - as I haven't been counting calories at all for a couple weeks now. But I am mindful of whats going in my mouth. I've settled into eating just twice a day - even on the weekends. It feels more natural, and I eat when I'm hungry not when the clock says its mealtime. Last night I had a chunk of pork before Dennis got home from work, I was full from that so when he got home a couple hours later I just had some steamed veggies.
I've GOT to get back into may daily exercise!!!!!! I was doing so good before the weather got so dang cold - and I turned into a wimp about it. I'm going to start walking again in the mornings. My toe should be mended enough by tomorrow. I guess I could be lifting on the bowflex..... but thats just so boring! Maybe if I put in a DVD that would help??? Maybe when I get home from work today I'll get bubbles out of the garage and go for a nice ride! I keep saying I'm going to ride to the shop and then ride home in the truck with Dennis - but I haven't done it yet. I hate having that cold wind on my face! (there's a lot of maybe's in this paragraph!)
Okay -- another day of normal BMs! I'm thinking I may have finally found the cure to my bathroom woe's! :) I'm so happy about that! Who would have thought just taking calcium citrate would fix the problem that my doctors were totally stumped by!!!!!! If I would have found this fix 2 years ago I wouldn't have needed the colonoscopy/endoscopy that cost us nearly 3 grand! oh well, live and learn, what can you do?
My son has 2 job interviews set up! He has a full time job, but is looking for a change. He's a drafter, and a computer geek. If he is hired for either of these jobs he will be moving out because it would add another 30 minutes to his commute. I'm ready for him to move out, he's 26 years old! He's only living at home so he can pay off his student loans, and he's been doing a great job! So when he goes we will be true empty nesters! The girls moved out last August. I'm ready to have the house kid free! :) Course, that means we'll be having to take Zeus with us when go to the lake for the weekends this summer. I don't really want to do that, but we can't rely on the neighbors to feed him every weekend! Besides, he'd be very lonely. He seems a bit sad since he's now the only dog in the house. People say you should always 2 because they are pack animals - but we're trying to phase out the animals - and we just don't want to bring another one in. When Zeus goes to doggy heaven we won't have any more dogs.
I've been thinking a lot about getting older. I'll be 52 in July. In the last 2 years my body has gone through a lot of changes! Menopause takes it toll on a girl - head to toe! I won't describe it since this is a public forum! But those of who have experienced it know what I'm talking about! I don't much like the changes. Not have a period is WONDERFUL! But everything else pretty much blows! But hey - what can you do? It is what it is, right? I look at other older women and I see such grace and beauty in them -- well ok - not ALL of them, cuz lets be honest here, some women just don't take care of themselves. But wrinkles and sagging EVERYTHING don't take away the beauty from a woman who feels beautiful from the inside. It shines though I think. I want to be that kind of older woman. I want to feel beautiful and healthy on the inside - so the people around me see that, not the bags and sags and yuck of getting old. Eating only healthy real food is going to help me accomplish that - losing weight is going to help me accomplish that - and staying active is going to help me accomplish that. I think the mental part will come naturally if I just do those 3 things. Eat right - get to a healthy, slim weight - and stay active. Simple enough, right?
So today: bacon and eggs for breakfast with a cup of green tea with honey. (I should try to get used to drinking tea without the sweetener in it. Honey isn't bad, but it is sugar. I wonder if a tsp of honey a day is really all that bad?) Dinner will be pork with a salad.
Tomorrow I'm doing the saliva test and getting my blood drawn. Hopefully I'll get some answers as to why it is so darned hard to lose weight - and we can fix it!
I here ya --- this is the first year I've had enough energy to do much more than just try to keep the house tidy! Changing my diet has made a world of difference for me! My energy level isn't where it was when I first started this last fall, but its still way better than my pre-primal days! Hopefully the testing will give me some answers in that area.
Do you take anything for thyroid? I started taking Kelp and I think its helping a little. Rich in iodine, good for the thyroid!
You'll get there! You're healing your body, one day at a time! Do you like to do container gardens?
I love your garden!!! If I didn't have two young'in's and 2 water dogs (labs), I'd have a garden with a pond. No doubt. Maybe once everyone's grown up a bit I can do something like that. For right now, though, I have a small flower bed along my driveway with some daffodils, some "bare naked ladies" type lilies on the north side of my garage, and some irises on the backside of my garage (east). I have a "container" garden that only houses sugar snap peas right now and a few strawberry plants because the late freezes we had killed everything else (despite covering them). Next year I think I'll pull my bulbs and use part of my driveway flower bed to plant some veggies. :)
@Jenn -- great idea for using the space to grow veggies. Flowers are beautiful, but not edible. Pretty gardens and kidlets/dogs don't always go together. And your labs would most likely be IN the pond all the time. Good thing bassets don't like the water - well, Zeus loves to drink the pond water! In fact he's out there right now guzzling!!! We've had neighbor dogs jump in the pond though! :) Our fish didn't like it too much. We have gold fish and a giant (10") Koi. We used to have 5 very large fish - but they've been turned into Herron food - GRRR! I have no idea how many fish are in there now. They've multiplied over the years. We also have one very large frog - have no idea where he came from but he's been here for several years now.
I bought some seeds today - 3 kinds of squash - zucchini, acorn, and sweet meat. Have never heard of the sweet meat - but they're white and sorta pumpkin shaped so I thought it would be fun to grow them. Hopefully they taste good! The packages say you can store squash for months! Thats cool! So now I just have to decide where to put them, and get them in the ground :) Yeah! I also bought a package of Sweet Peas to plant along the front porch.
Well - the ice cream won the battle today - I had some while I was heating up my green tea. Oh well --- I'm not going to beat myself up over it. The only bad part of it is the sugar - the rest is just dairy. I could have done much worse things. I've cut out the dark chocolate and almonds -- maybe I should try just snaking on carrots sticks - or, the green tea seems to satisfy me pretty good too. Just make a cup of that as soon as I get home from work and maybe I won't have the urge to nibble on anything.
[QUOTE=jenn26point2;798861]Try local grass fed farmers. Sometimes they'll sell you a whole beef, half a beef, or quarter beef.[/QUOTE]
This is great. My candida-diet roommate and I have been talking about buying a big freezer. We'll look into buying a beef share!
[QUOTE=tomi;815297]So I eat that beautiful salmon fillet for breakfast and my reward is a nice IBS attack! Sheesh! I hope its over, cuz I gotta go to work in 30 minutes.
Why can't I figure out what triggers those attacks? There is no pattern - seems like food in general. I'm taking the probiotics, but not seeing much help. GRRRR![/QUOTE]
Was it farmed salmon?
[QUOTE=tomi;822497]gosh its a toss up between yucky fast food franken-burger and chicken strips. Both are full of unnatural things. I don't even like the taste of fast food "beef" patties anymore.
Had some muscle aches today - must be from the breading on the chicken strips and the rice I ate yesterday. Oh, I just remembered there was also a small bit of macaroni salad with the teriyaki chicken and rice. I won't be making that choice again. I should have just fasted instead.
Doc visit went quick. A few questions and some tests ordered. I'm doing a saliva test to check hormone levels, cortisol, and some other stuff I don't remember. Getting blood work done for Thyroid antibodies (you can have those?), TSH, free T3 and free T4, Vitamin B12, and D, a CBC, Ferritin, Sed Rate, and IGF-1. If all this doesn't show me anything I'm going to a chinese herbalist for help! Course, I don't know any chinese herbalists so that could be difficult.
So they can find hormonal stuff in your spit? Never knew that...... I wonder why they don't use this test at the endocrine office. I should ask the boss.
Its an absolutely beautiful day! The temp is supposed to reach 80 today! YEAH! The tree's are all leafing out now - that means the big Catalpa tree in our front yard will be blooming soon - and it smells wonderful! Sure does make a mess when all those big white buds fall on the grass though. I'll just have to get out there with the lawn mower every couple of days to keep up with it. :) good exercise. move slowly often!
My thoughts are all over the place today - having a hard time staying focused. I have many "symptoms" that could point to something being out of whack - lack of concentration being one of them. Just gonna sign off for now....... Need to go to work soon anyway.[/QUOTE]
Teriyaki sauce generally has wheat in it, as does soy sauce.