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Something I Hope to Do In Life

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’m trying out this 30 Days of Truth thing. Today is day 5. You can see where it started here.

Day 05 — Something you hope to do in your life.


I could make this post paragraphs and paragraphs long. There are a whole lot of somethings I hope to do in my life. I’ve got a bucket list that just keeps on growing. It occurs to me that I’m 40, and that I better get moving on some of the items!

The latest idea to make my list, though, is to ride in a hot air balloon. For some reason, I never had the desire to go hundreds of feet up in the air secured only inside a bucket fueled by a hot flame. Lately I’ve been rethinking my (previously sane) position on hot air balloon rides. I want to do it! I want to experience the exhilaration and thrill. I want Connor to take amazing photographs of my brightly colored balloon against a crystal blue sky as I grow smaller and smaller in his cross-hairs, waving like a fool all the while. And I want to feel the sweet earth beneath me as I come back down to greet it, safely ensconced in my wicker basket. :-)

7 Years

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I’m dusting off the ole blog here to acknowledge an important milestone. Today I celebrate 7 years of sobriety and freedom from compulsive over/under eating. When I started on this journey 7 years ago, I had no idea how much my life would change for the better. The only thing I knew was that I couldn’t stop eating and gaining weight and that I needed help.

I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to maintain a program of recovery to keep abstaining from all those sick behaviors I engaged in for so many years. I’ve got a very powerful Higher Power and an incredible network of friends who are walking this path with me. Together, we’ve all made it possible.

I treated myself with extra care today just as a way to commemorate and also as a reminder that today I need to always practice self care. Here’s a list of things I did:

  • Finally broke out that Free Drink card at Starbucks on my way to work – Decaf Venti Americano, baby!
  • Prayed and read from my daily meditation book
  • Savored my breakfast and lunch, relishing how much I truly do enjoy the tastes of my nutritious food
  • Brewed myself some Seattle’s Best Organic Twilight Decaf in the French press this afternoon (apparently coffee is a treat for me!)
  • Called someone who is struggling with alcohol on my way home from work
  • Made dinner for me and the boys (Rob had to work late) and enjoyed the dinner conversation with them
  • Made breakfast for Rob & I for the last day of the week (we did 4 days already on Sunday)
  • Packed my breakfast and lunch for work tomorrow
  • Took a long, long, long hot shower
  • Gave myself a hot oil treatment on my hair
  • Put my pajamas in the dryer before putting them on. Bliss.
  • Slathered moisturizer on my face & neck
  • Loved on my doggie

I also plan on taking myself to bed early to read a bit before going to sleep because I need to get up earlier than normal.

Here’s to another 7+ years of continued recovery from alcoholism and compulsive eating… and all the rewards that come with those things. I never knew life could be so happy, joyous, and free!

Classic Lines

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I heard two lines that made me absolutely laugh out loud this week. I’m going to share them here, but you have to promise you’ll reciprocate. Promise? Pinky swear? Okay, then read on.

First was a random guy at the PodCamp Philly conference. I was talking to him after a session and he asked what I did (for a living). I briefly explained my role and as I handed him my business card he said, “So being beautiful is just a part time job for you? It looks like you’re doing it full time.” Hahahahahaha! I still don’t know how I kept a straight face after he said that.

And last night Aric plopped himself down on the couch and promptly declared, “A girl looks her best on the 1st day of school. If she doesn’t look good on the 1st day, forget her because she is going to look AWFUL by the 2nd week.” Apparently there was a middle schooler he had his sights set on who went steadily downhill in the looks department since that first day of school.

Now, tell me something that made you laugh this week.

My Blood Kicks Ass

Friday, September 5th, 2008

A few weeks ago I had my blood drawn for my semi-regular physical. There was a mix up with the scheduling, so I wasn’t able to get the actual physical until today. It seems like so long ago now because I’ve had so many other health issues crop up since then. At least today I was able to discuss the issues with my neck and shoulders along with getting the physical.

The doctor gave me a copy of my blood test results – she was blown away by the numbers. When I told her that I don’t eat sugar, flour, wheat, or caffeine she said those things definitely explained my results. Here are some of the numbers:

Triglycerides: 43
Total Cholesterol: 124
HDL Cholesterol: 58
LDL Cholesterol: 57
Glucose: 76
Sodium: 142
Potassium: 3.8
Chloride: 109
Carbon Dioxide: 25
Calcium: 8.5
Protein: 6.2

I didn’t know that things like potassium, chloride, and carbon dioxide were even tested. I’m not sure what it means if these levels don’t fall with normal ranges, either. The one concern she mentioned was that my calcium is a bit low. This makes sense since I don’t eat dairy, save for the recently incorporated clarified butter. I am working on getting the dairy back into my food plan slowly, and will get this re-checked in a month. There were two other items that showed up “out of range” (on the low side) and they were my total cholesterol – which she assured me was a very good thing – and my platelets – which she didn’t mention. I need to research what that means, if anything.

It felt good to be able to answer her questions in a healthy way. “Do you smoke?” – No. “How much alcohol do you consume?” – None. The only thing that I need to work on is being able to say, “Yes, regularly!” to the “Do you exercise?” question. So now that I’ve been given a clean bill of health aside from my neck and shoulder pain from the accident, I should be due to get hit by a bus any day now.

As far as my neck and shoulders go – she said it’s normal to still be in pain two weeks after the fact. If I’m still in pain in 2 more weeks, then she will send me to physical therapy. Here’s hoping that doesn’t have to happen.

No Breast Cancer

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

I had my mammogram and ultrasound this morning and already received the results: I’ve got a cyst that is dissolving on its own. Great news! I get to have a follow up ultrasound in three months to make sure the cyst is gone, and that’s about it. I’m very relieved, although I wasn’t too terribly concerned that this was going to be cancerous. I knew that having a painful lump was a good sign.

This was the first mammogram I’ve ever had, and I was pleasantly surprised with the experience. I’ve heard so many horror stories about the amount of pain inflicted by the machine, so I was scared. However, aside from a small amount of pressure, it wasn’t painful at all for me. I guess since my boobs are basically just lumps of skin that get miraculously held up by my bra, there isn’t a lot of actual tissue to serve as a pain receptor. I shall complain about my sagging granny boobs no longer. Okay, maybe just a little less.