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90 Days of Purge - Day 2 - June 25

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 2 6/25/13 Today I purged:

Home clutter - Baby clothes from 1988
Life clutter - Insecurity and the feeling I don't belong

Baby Clothes - This is a happy purge, because I cannot honestly refer to my son's baby clothes I had carefully saved since 1988 as "clutter." But since I gave them away they qualify as a purge item today. My daughter is expecting our first grandchild, a son, in November. So we went down to the cedar chest to find the Baby Dior layette items I had saved since my son wore them. They are still beautiful and today Baby Dior layette sells new for about $350 per item. I promise you they did not cost that much when I bought them, even in 1988 dollars. You might wonder why I didn't save them for my son - well he doesn't appreciate Baby Dior like my daughter does and besides she will save them for him should he be fortunate enough to have a son someday.

Insecurity - Today I attended an annual meeting on a topic I do not know well, with people who are experts in this field. Normally I try to avoid this meeting because I mostly have no idea what they are talking about and worse yet, I feel like I have nothing valuable to contribute. Today I walked in with the attitude that while I might not be an expert in the same way these people are, they are not experts in my field. I have a reason to be there and I can contribute. And guess what, I did contribute - information that was quite valuable to them as a matter of fact. So today I purged my insecurity and vowed to never again let myself feel like I don't belong. I belong wherever I choose to be.

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WOUBBIE 6/25/2013 8:01PM

    Wow! This makes me happy!

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90 Days of Purge - 6/24/13

Monday, June 24, 2013

I read an article about a blogger who committed to 365 days of purge in her life. Her intention was to clean out her clutter. She spent an entire year removing things from her home - at least one thing every day. Sounded like a good idea to me.

Except I'm not just purging things. Yes I need to get rid of some clutter in my home, so I do intend to purge at least one material thing every day. Donate, share or trash - it's just got to be gone. But I'm not just purging home clutter. I'm purging LIFE clutter. Negative feelings, toxic people, unhealthy habits, processed products masquerading as food - it's all going.

I chose 90 days of purge because while I could stay committed to purging one thing per day for a year, I could never stay committed to blogging about it that long. So 90 days it is, and if there's more purging to be done after that, so be it. This is going to be fun.

Day 1 6/24/13 Today I purged:
Home clutter - Medicines
Life clutter - Preference to read rather than move, wasteful use of $35 per month

Clutter - cleaned out the medicine cabinet and said goodbye to over the counter medicines dating back to 2006 and prescriptions for anti-nausea after chemotherapy that, thank God, are no longer needed by anyone in this house. Took a large bag to the pharmacy for proper disposal.

Life clutter - I prefer to exercise my mind more than my body. I can easily spend all day reading a history or nutrition book - anything where I can learn something new. Over the weekend I read In the Defense of Food by Michael Pollen - very enlightening. But today I purged my refusal to exercise my body and went to the health club. It felt good. Did some weights and listened to my favorite workout songs. I'm going again on Friday, and after July 1 I'm going 3 times a week so I can get my quarterly reimbursement for my membership so I guess I also purged my wastefulness of $35 a month for a membership I wasn't using.

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WOUBBIE 6/24/2013 6:42PM

    If you don't love it, need it, or have a positive memory associated with it out it goes!

What an excellent plan you have!

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MARYOH67 6/24/2013 5:38PM

    great job! I have been off work due to knee surgery and my goal is to clean out the garage and pole barn. The stuff I have moved 5x in the past 5 years is too embarrassing to mention but I will say proudly that I have dropped off over 15 boxes to the local salvation army of stuff i really haven't needed in a long time! Keep going! Can't wait to hear more

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MJREIMERS 6/24/2013 5:05PM

    emoticon job! emoticon and purging, because emoticon !

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Time to Practice What I Preach

Monday, April 18, 2011

I always knew this day would come. I've been preaching the benefits of low carb eating for years. I've responded to my husband's eating of pie, cake, cookies, candy, etc. with "that sh_t will kill ya" for even more years. While that kind of sugar hasn't passed my lips since I was 40 years old (and that was before the year 2000) I haven't always lived by my own rules of low carb eating. Nevermind that it made me feel great. Nevermind that I was the thinnest I had been since 18 (and that was before the year 1980!) Nevermind that I absolutely believe that our medical community is generally clueless about proper nutrition and that our government is more interested in keeping the corn industry going that really understanding what's good for our health. I didn't always follow my own rules, often consuming foods that I personally think we are really not designed to eat. I will just have to give myself credit for not breaking the no sugar, no trans fats and never ever HFCS rules rather than beating myself up for often breaking my own no refined carbs rule. I can't help it, I've always been a rule breaker.

But no more! It's time to actually prove what I've always believed. I had my annual check up and guess what - my cholestrol was totally out of whack and all over the place. This from a woman who is not overweight, never eats processed foods and follows the rules above. My doctor - God love her - instead of saying "here's a scrip for NastyCholesterolLoweringChemical drug" she said "change your diet and exercise and come back in 60 days." Yes, she's awesome. A doctor who actually recommends lifestyle change instead of pushing a prescription is the one for me.

So...if I were to ask her what diet should I be all know what she would say. It wouldn't be the Atkins diet or some version of it. But I absolutely believe that strict adherence to a low-carb, high protein diet made up exclusively of proteins, vegetables and good fats will turn my numbers around. And for those of you who don't believe - I am about to prove it.

So follow along while I document this journey - beginning tomorrow 4/19 with results measured on 6/2. That's about 7 weeks of a major lifestyle change involving diet and the most dreaded thing of all - regular exercise. UGH.

I knew this day would come. The day when I couldn't just eat whatever I wanted, do whatever I wanted (or not do what I should), and still have those awesome blood lipids. That's ok - I'm thinking I'm pretty lucky to have made it this long. And now I'm about to not only prove that Bob (that's Dr. Robert Atkins you know) was right, but also that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Exercise and diet tricks, that is.

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NAYPOOIE 4/18/2011 5:11PM

    We love Bob. I'll watch with interest, and hope to get some inspiration, because I am falling off the wagon so much, it's gone on over the hill without me.

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Now Hating the Words "Lymphoma" and "Throat Cancer"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The biospy on my husband's enlarged lymph node showed nothing. The doctor said we had three options:
- biopsy again - ouch!
- do nothing and watch it
- remove the node

He talked us through all of these, all along saying "everything we've found so far leads me to believe this is benign." All good news. We say we'll think about the options and almost as an after thought he asks "did Dr. So and So scope your nose and throat?" (So and So is his partner.) My husband said no, that he had been prepped for it last time but it wasn't done. So the doctor's like "oh well let's just look to be sure there's nothing in there." He gets out this tube they put up your nose and look into your throat - it's not as bad as it sounds. But...he finds a lump inside my husband's tongue, way in the back in what is technically considered part of the throat, that should not be there. Again, it appears benign, not having any of the visual characteristics of "throat cancer", but now we have a new concern. The two of these enlargements together are not good news. So he's having a surgical biopsy of the tongue issue in a couple of weeks. That's when we'll know for sure what we are dealing with.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I don't know that I'll be thinking about weight loss, healthy eating or much of anything else until then - but I am going to try to stay focused on daily life.

Thanks to all of you who've expressed your support and your concern. Much love ~ GDW

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PENNYAN45 11/1/2010 1:01PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you and your husband are dealing with stressful waiting to hear about health test results.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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LINDALEE14 10/29/2010 11:19PM

    You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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MINDFULFILLNESS 10/27/2010 12:04AM

    How awful that you thought you were in the clear until you learned about the lump on your husband's tongue. Thanks for keeping us posted. I'm thinking of you and sending you both healthy and healing wishes!

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XENA1956 10/26/2010 9:55PM

    Sorry to hear about your husbands health. I have had that test and it isn't fun, but at least they numb your nose b/4 putting the tube down. I will light a health candle for your husband and good blessings for him too. Hope things work out great for him and you too. Teri emoticon

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FITN2014-TSP 10/26/2010 9:21PM

    May you be inspired as to the course you should take and have the strength to manage the stress etc. emoticon

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WOOKIE68 10/26/2010 9:20PM

    So sorry that your stressful waiting is not yet over. But don't forget that exercise lowers harmful stress hormones and healthy foods will boost your immunities. Easy to just let it all be on the back burner, but very helpful right now, I would think. Best wishes, Marcia

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FREECAL1 10/26/2010 9:16PM

  You are in my thoughts and prayers. My hubby and I have our own issues we are dealing with so I sympathize with you.

Take care!

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GALSMILEY7 10/26/2010 7:51PM

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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SPARKLES-TODAY 10/26/2010 7:46PM

  Oh, what a good news/bad news roller coaster! Take care, and let us know how it goes.

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How Much Do We Hate the Word "Lymphoma"!?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yesterday my husband had a needle biopsy on a lump in his neck. It's a lymph gland that was swelling up and down as the result of a bone infection he had last year - and then it never went down. That's the good news, but still we have to be sure it's not something else. Yesterday was the first time I'd heard the word "lymphoma" used in reference to my husband - or anyone I love for that matter. I can hardly bear to write it and I certainly cannot say it.

I am quickly learning how when you're dealing with this kind of problem there's more uncertainly than fact. The biopsy results will tell us if it IS the dreaded L word, but they will not tell us for sure that it is not. The blood tests he's already had don't LOOK like there's anything to be worried about - but we can't tell for sure from that either. When will we know for sure? And how? I don't know.

So we'll see and we are both optimistic. He is strong, healthy, young and feeling fine - there's just this gland that is still there. The bone infection didn't come from poor health, it came from a surgery he had after breaking a bone. Everything points to all is ok.

But in the meantime I am haunted by the hated word Lymphoma and am thoughtful of the so many others who have gone through the uncertainty, the hope, and the despair of a loved one with any kind of illness.

No Rachael Ray talk today. I'm focusing my mental energy elsewhere.

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    Thinking of you! Have you found out the results yet? I'm thinking positive for you and your husband. Please keep us posted!


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KATHY1204 10/22/2010 7:47AM

    I'll keep your husband in my prayers. What a scary time for you all right now! I hope and pray you get good news soon. Keep us posted when you can.

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FINEARSESOON 10/21/2010 3:35PM

    I'm sending positive thoughts your way..and I think you're right that everything points to a negative biopsy. I'm sure the doc just has to cover his butt. Good luck!!

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