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.
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.
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 on...you 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.
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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