Monday, June 10, 2013
My sister came to visit from Chicago. The first morning here I took her to our local family owned organic market where I shop 3 times a week. I introduced her to one of the clerks as my sister from Chicago. "I'm not comfortable with you telling people where I am from". Whoops, chatty me.
So my openness was a big adjustment for my sister whose sense of stranger danger is so heightened. By the third day she was much more relaxed. We gave our parking spot at the art fair to an elderly couple, from whom we accepted a ride to our car for any easy swap. (Yes she actually got into a stranger's car). She met the people that make up my life here, behind the checkouts and stocking the shelves, these people as much my lifeline as the air I breathe. We are connected to the same planet and God. Why would we shut each other out?
That's how we could roll in Cleveland. We don't have to just say hello to people, we could actually get to know them. Having lived in smaller towns, Cleveland does not strike me as friendly at first impression, but when you make the first move, most people show you their warmth and goodness. Yes there is crime, and you have to be careful, but that is also true for little towns as well. Tragedy does not need a map.
While some of my neighbors in Ohio are superficial and cold, I try to remember people have crises that are hidden to us, and the habits of the city can make people feel safer in isolation. I like Cleveland again after returning here from a town of 3,280. I needed to leave to see it with clear eyes.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
It was a month ago today I started a vegetarian diet. For a while I ate vegan, but here and there slipped. Funny thing, is I feel like I can do this diet. I dont have to cook, unless I want to, I shop every other day, so the goods are fresh, and I do not feel like I am on a "d i e t ". I have favorite standbys (kale and grapefruit for breakfast) about 5 days a week, and can often hit 1600 cals of veggies and fruits without a lot of difficulty and 40-60 grams of fiber.
1400 calories includes a bana and half avocado and I can see the difference in my nails and skin. I eat "off the menu" but the swings are smaller and I usually put the processed grains back on the store shelf. Without beef and salt, I dont crave soda, and the worst indiscretion may put me up to 1800 calories.
I keep a bar of dark chocolate in the house, and it lasts more than a week. Times have changed. I have changed. My weight loss is very slow, but steady judging by the change to the shape of my belly.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
I have gone a few weeks without a new PB on the armband, but with my sister visiting I got 8.5 hours of sleep. Having visitors is stressful for me (maybe even more so with family, as my friends that visit are mostly low maintenance mellow folk )
It is nice to have a visitor. It is nice to see my sister begin to unwind and not freak out when I introduce her to a stranger at the organic market. And as a bonus, I am sleeping more with a visitor in the house.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
"What we are really doing in those situations is using memory, anticipation, and an appeal to our most basic values to shift our in-the-moment priorities"
Great article by Dean Anderson on spark "Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up"
While I think it is a dangerous oversimplification, I like the behaviorist part of the approach, plus a sensory/emo awareness. I am still looking for the sensory trigger to help me shift out of crave eating. I ate four pieces of white bread yesterday. While it is okay, I could have benefitted from healthier, more nutrient laden carbs like a mango.
Work in progress!
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