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Day 156 Mother’s Day Exercise

Yesterday was Mother's Day. My husband had work on the side of town near where my mother lives, so I decided to go with him and take my mom some Swiss Chard from my garden and a bouquet of Krazy Daisies and a Mother's Day balloon. I'd already sent a card earlier in the week.

On the way out, the van was not riding real well and my husband thought it was the tires, which have probably been on the van for at least five years if not longer. He just bought the van for his business about a year ago.

So we stopped at a tire shop to find out we needed to get a new set of tires.

My point in telling you all this is after spending the day out with my husband, visiting my mom, we were finally near home waiting to get tires. My husband asked if I wanted to walk over to the grocery store, which was about 1/2 mile away. I had decided to wear a pair of sandals my mother in law gave me a couple years ago that I just love and held onto even though I could not wear them because my feet hurt so bad.

But not anymore, so I wore the sandals yesterday.

And I walked 1/2 mile to a store wearing those sandals.

Six months ago I would not have been able to do that. Thanks GAPS.

I found out that I don't tolerate watermelon well. What I don't tolerate about it is because it is so sweet I can't stop eating it. I binged on watermelon. It was so delicious. I had more today, and I also had a peach.

I decided today I'm going to stop worrying about stopping eating fruit.

In the past, I have had more luck with letting go of control when it comes to food.

I have promised myself doing GAPS is not about losing weight. I want myself to believe that, so I am going to stop worrying about fruit for this month.

I think as soon as I let go of the control over eating fruit, it will lose it's glitter and I will be able to avoid it easier.

We'll see. I'm tired tonight. I worked for several hours on the house on Saturday. I was out all day Sunday. I think that is to be expected that I would be tired.

So that makes two days in a row where I got some exercise. I worked from home today and did not have extra time to exercise.

Thanks for reading my GAPS journey.

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Day 85 Getting ready for Intro and Lima Beans

Yesterday I went to (remind me to tell you about the lima beans) a baby shower. Of course there would be food there, and I figured there would be nothing there that I could eat. I brought an avocado, a banana, and some almonds [affiliate link] to carry me through.

I was right, there was nothing there I could eat, and I did good and didn't cheat.

There were two ladies there that I knew, and I sat with them. They work together and they were on a diet together. They were talking about it and the one lady said she had lost 19 pounds in the first two weeks. They were taking some kind of pregnancy hormone drops that they said would cause the fat in their body to do something. I can't remember exactly what, but they told the baby shower recipient that it was like her body was doing, taking from the fat cells so her babies were constantly getting nutrition.

Anyway I took a look on the Internet today, not because I'm interested in doing what they were doing, but just curious about it. Well, I guess the other part of the “diet” is you only eat 500 calories a day. Well, that is a starvation diet and you're going to lose weight on that few calories a day no matter what kind of “drops” you are taking.

I am so thankful to have found GAPS.

Oh, yes, the lima beans. Thank you. I bought some dried lima beans a couple of weeks ago, and I soaked them overnight. All the skins were popping off, so I guess I'm starting to get some OCD or something because I decided to just remove all the skins. Might have too much fiber, right? I cooked them for a couple hours, hit them with the stick blender and put in some butter and salt. They were delicious. But not too long after that, my blood sugar dropped. I haven't felt that in such a long time since starting GAPS.

I ate fruit only sparingly for years because it would affect my blood sugar. But now I can eat bananas and I don't get a blood sugar drop. Thank you GAPS Diet.

Today I made a mistake and ate a mango on an empty stomach and it turned me really grumpy and tired. So I will have to remember not to do that again.

I'm still gearing up to do Introduction next weekend, and I should have some more daily news to report other than the same ol' same ol' that's been going on lately. I used my 16 quart stockpot to cook five chickens worth of broth today. I will let that cool overnight and bag it up tomorrow. Then I just need to get a good stock of vegetables on hand.

I'll be making a big pot of stock next weekend, too, but this way I'll be stocked up in case I get really tired.

Next weekend should be interesting. The following weekend I have a wedding to attend. Another place to go where there will be nothing I can eat. That's okay. I'll survive.

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Day 81 Sleep Issues and Gearing up for Intro

Had a weird thing happen this morning. I had trouble sleeping during the night. I actually took a late nap yesterday afternoon so that may have had something to do with it. Anyway, I went to bed at 8:30 and laid there at least half an hour until I fell asleep. I remember thinking at least I'm not conking out as soon as my head hits the pillow. Then I woke up at 1:30 and could not go back to sleep. Finally I got up and there was nothing to eat that was simple to grab, so I warmed up some vegetables and broth leftover from making 2 batches of stock over the weekend. I put an egg yolk in the warm broth.

I ate that and went back to bed, and laid there unable to sleep. I hate when this happens.

I think what may have caused it is I had butternut squash for dinner. It was soooo delicious. Two small squash, baked, then blended with a bit of honey [affiliate link] and butter. So yummy.

Anyway, so I finally had to get up at 4am. I was famished. I sauteed some mushrooms in a skillet with butter and scrambled two eggs [affiliate link]. I also heated up a cup of chicken broth. I ate the eggs (was so delicious and I was so hungry). I drank half my cup of broth and thought about stopping, but also thought how it would be silly to bring one half cup of broth with me on my drive. So I drank it.

I stood up to go get ready for work and suddenly became very nauseous. I rarely get nausea and only when I'm sick. I thought maybe I could lay down to ward off the feeling, but it grew stronger and the next thing I knew I was running for the toilet.

I had to shower and leave for work soon after. My stomach was sensitive and I took water with apple cider vinegar in it with me for the drive. I ended up eating a banana and some raw almonds [affiliate link] a few hours later and skipped lunch.

Dinner was baked chicken breast and zucchini squash.

I'm gearing up to start Introduction on March 4th. I am going to start while at work on Thursday, drinking broth at work and eating boiled meats and vegetables. I am hoping to get a start on the weekend. I may also consider taking off Monday… yes, I think I'll do that. Then hopefully I will be able to come back to work on Tuesday and be over the worst of it.

I also want to order some enzymes and some probiotics. I just need to hurry and get that done! Especially since summer is on its way and it is probably a bad idea to order products like that to travel in the summer heat here.

I have been tired lately. I tried to go to church on Sunday, but was filled with anxiety much of Saturday. I just don't know why but I want to just stay home. I don't want to have to leave and go anywhere on my days off. I miss a few people from church, but not enough to leave my house.

I have to leave enough days of the week as it is.

Sorry to my readers for the long time without an update. It's just that nothing of much interest has been happening. I did find out Louisiana hot sauce has only vinegar, peppers and salt. I hope that is all it contains because I have been using it liberally. It is delicious and I love it on my meat.

I had better get to bed. It is almost eight o'clock and I am very tired tonight.

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Spring Gardening in Arizona

Day 73 Gardening and Weight Loss

I'm home early today. It is such a beautiful day out, I am planning to go out to my garden and plant something. But when I looked at the list of everything that I can plant, I wanted to plant almost everything! I might have many of the seeds, but I know from past experience I need to pick a few things instead of trying to do everything. Here is what I can plant.

T = transplants

  • Artichokes, Globe T (Dec-May)
  • Artichokes, Jerusalem T (Dec-May)
  • Beets (Sept-March)
  • Bok Choy (Aug-Feb)
  • Carrots (Sept-March)
  • Collard Greens (Sept-March)
  • Corn (Feb-March)
  • Cucumbers (Feb-April)
  • Lettuce, Leaf T (Sept-Feb)
  • Melons, Cantaloupe (Feb-July)
  • Melons, Muskmelon (Feb-July)
  • Melons, Watermelon (Feb-Mar)
  • Mustard (Sept-Feb)
  • Onions [affiliate link], Green (August-May)
  • Peppers T (Feb-March & July)
  • Potatoes (Jan-March)
  • Radishes (Sept-April)
  • Spinach (Sept-March)
  • Squash, Summer (Feb-April)
  • Sunflower (Feb-July)
  • Tomatoes T (Feb-March)
  • Turnips (Sept-March)

Here is a picture of my garden from last week. In this bed I have Swiss Chard, broccoli, carrots (just a few), lettuce, beets, and I hope some cabbage.

Garden February 2010

And these are my peas.

Peas in February 2010

I bolded the things I could plant now.

Guess what? I decided to take a nap instead and got no planting done.

Now I need to get into bed.

Oh! I asked my husband to weigh our son if he got a chance (it is so stressful for me). He did so today, and ES has lost 15 pounds in the last five weeks. This is due I believe mostly because we are trying to transition him to full GAPS very slowly. We have eliminated pasta, and dairy, and are cutting down on bread for him. Dinner is usually a meat and two vegetables, or meat, a vegetable and salad. We fix his breakfast, which is usually eggs [affiliate link] and some type of breakfast meat (homemade sausage if I cook for him), and he'll usually make himself two pieces of toast. He loves to cook, so lunch is his meal to figure out what he would like to make himself.

That is a feeling of relief.

Also, I had to ask my husband to poke some new holes in my belt last week. I seem to have lost 2 inches around my waist.

OH, and one more thing! I found that since our last big rain, the lettuce plant that I allowed to go to seed has seeded all over my garden and a romaine style red and green lettuce is coming up ALL OVER my garden! That is awesome! Now I'll have so much lettuce and the gopher can't possible eat all of it. Usually I have to be so greedy and can't share.

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Day 33 Weight and Insomnia

My husband asked me if I've lost weight again this evening. I told him I didn't know, he knows I don't get on the scale. He wanted to see what I weighed, and I told him he'd have to ask our son how much I weigh because I didn't want to know when I stepped on the scale a couple of weeks back.

(Just for the record, my husband has never cared one iota about my size, and I love him dearly for accepting me for being me. )

Of course the scale chose that moment to go dead, but first it started talking, saying, “I'm ready.” Well, I didn't want it to TELL me how much I weighed, so we turned off the speaker after putting in new batteries.

My husband had me step on and off the scale four times. I don't know if he was checking to make sure it was working. Then he exclaimed, “Are you SURE you weren't wearing 10 pounds of change in your pockets last time?”

AGH! I could feel the “diet head” inside me squealing with joy. I don't want to make this about losing weight. Although I would dearly love to lose weight. I could stand to lose at least 65 pounds if not more. I know the last time *I* knew what the scale said, it was 225. And I am pretty sure I've gained at least 10 pounds since then. Once I had my babies, I got down to my prepregnancy weight of 125 and I looked too thin. I  think I would look perfect at 160, even though I am only 5'4″. I am blessed genetically with muscular thighs and buttocks, even though I am not an athlete. Of course this muscle weighs more, so I look thinner than I weigh. When I weighed 125, people couldn't believe I weighed a pound over 100 or 110.

There is a part of me that wants to know if I've lost weight and how much, and yet I don't want to satisfy that curiosity because I don't want to make it about weight. I want to eat to be healthy, to stop feeling depressed, to have joy in life. To have energy and feel alive, instead of just wanting to sleep all the time and veg in front of the computer.

Speaking of sleep, I have to get to bed soon.

I had another rough night last night. We have four dogs, but only one comes inside at night. I insist on it. The other three dogs have longer coats and fur, but he's got short hair. Anyway, he thinks he's a big boy and can go out with the girls when they start barking. I didn't want him going out at 11pm, so I growled at him and insisted that he lie down. He sighed but obeyed, only to jump up 15 minutes later. Again I growled, insisted. He complied, but not 15 minutes later he was up again. Finally I got up and let him go out. I know, I know. I shouldn't have given in and usually don't, but I needed to get back to sleep! I'd only had 3.5 hours sleep by that time.

I felt hungry when I got up, so had an avocado. Then I remembered a bill I had to get paid, so I wrote out a check and got it ready to mail. Then I remembered another bill I should pay online and turned on the computer to do that. Next I discovered some weirdness going on in our checking account, so I downloaded the statement and reconciled the account.

By 2:30am I was hungry again and heated up the leftover green beans with some butter and was eating them when my dh got up for the day (he's an early, early, EARLY riser) and asked me what was I doing up. I told him I couldn't sleep and then I went back to bed for 90 minutes and had to get up and get ready for work.

One of my new GAPS friends suggested I try five almonds [affiliate link] before going to sleep, I may try that just to see if it would help tonight.

I usually don't have huge problems with insomnia. It is also “that time” for me so my hormones will act up during this time. I have insomnia maybe once or twice a month, if that. Usually.

A friend asked me today if I'm losing weight. I told her I honestly didn't know. My pants and belt are still fitting as they did in the waist. But when they slowly sink down (bad style of pants for my body) they usually ride high on my hips, but now they are straddling my hip bones.

My stomach feels like the skin is much looser, whereas in the past it has felt taut against the fat.

My friend asked me if I thought this (GAPS) was working for me, and I told her again about my feet, and how huge that was for me. I can stand for hours in the kitchen and no pain! That alone is worth it!

One more thing I have been thinking about. I used to suspect that I had a problem with candida. If I have candida, shouldn't I be experiencing cravings? I am eating some citrus and some fruits, but I wouldn't say I'm craving them.

Food report: Breakfast, dh warmed up broth. So delicious, I love that he does that for me, it is such a nice start to the morning. I mentioned my lunch earlier. For dinner I put together some meatloaf-style meatballs. I used about one pound of ground beef, with 1/2 an onion chopped, 1/2 a green bell pepper chopped, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder [affiliate link], 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 2 small carrots grated. I browned the meatballs, then poured water into the skillet until it was an inch deep, put a lid on and cooked for about 20 minutes or so. Dh thought they were pretty good.

I also tried these pancakes from Grain-Free Foodies, but shame shame didn't follow the recipe exactly and ended up with some mushy something. I thought it was halfway tasty, dh didn't care of it much at all. He said he doesn't like cinnamon [affiliate link]. It tastes a little bit like pumpkin [affiliate link] pie to me, so I will save it for leftovers.

I had better get to bed. I am so thankful it's the weekend. I have a lot of work to get done this weekend though I wish I could just spend the weekend writing blog posts. I still have so much to say!

Until tomorrow when we meet again…

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