So. I’ve started reading that book Hanna gave me. This one. And I already have an issue. One of the difficult things (although truthfully, ALL of it is difficult for me) about getting healthy and losing weight is the variety of opinions on what works, what helps, what is useless, and what is just stupid. Breakfast is the most recent conflict I’ve run across.
This woman says that our bodies need fiber (and a bunch of other shit, she can be very science-y in spots) to start the metabolizing process and get our day going. Rice and oats are her favorites. (So far I do like how very non-meat she is! But, hey. That’s just me.)
Allen, and a few others, say that a meal of fruit (and water) is the way to begin our day, so as not to overload our guts and weigh us down (especially if you plan on exercising first thing). Who is correct? And how do we know where to turn? I am a huge proponent of following our instincts. Your body knows what it needs. Or not?
We have established, many MANY years ago, that my physicality is a bit of a mess when it comes to the mind/body aspect. And just within the past two weeks we’ve found out that I’m actually disconnected in a pretty major way. So, who do I listen to? My body, which I obviously can’t trust? Allen, who I adore and who helped me to become a non-smoker again? Or this new individual, who says things I’m not sure I can believe yet?
Those are all rhetorical question, don’t bother answering them, I won’t. I’m simply using them to work this out in my scrambled brain. And I’ll take the new book in with me for my next appointment. We’ll see what *A* has to say about it, and how she feels, personally, in regards to breakfast.
On the plus side, this program is very water-heavy, which I’m a fan of. Once you get to be a water drinker, you never look back. One of the coolest factors of that conversion for me was how much money* can be saved. Agua just comes right out of the faucets!
*Saving money is never my goal, I can be a massive money-waster, in fact. But when I first realized how much cash we were NOT spending at the store for MY portion of coffee, pop, tea, and later cigarettes (right, I was the only one smoking, whatever), it was tremendously noticeable and consequently: fabulous.
As I work my way through Kathy’s 30 days/tips I’ll share more. Her third suggestion is to eat an apple a day. Also something I’m already doing. Again, budget friendly. (Although, I saw an article the other day about how we aren’t doing ourselves any good if we aren’t ALWAYS buying organic fruit. NOT so budget-friendly, sad to say, even here.)
Instead of other snacks, I actually am eating several pieces of fruit every day now. (Remember when I said that I add diced apples to my salads? That’s usually half of my apple intake for that calendar date.) My latest favorite is oranges. I bring them home by the bag-full now. Slice one up into wedges and just stand over the sink* eating through the pile. Seriously more satisfying than I remember them being!
Which leads us back to questioning why I’m not losing any weight. Obviously I’m missing something here. (Hello?! I didn’t start going to see a therapist because I was all fucking perfect!) Instead of continuing to dwell on this somemore, how ’bout we just move smoothly on to what the Universe is telling us in the card altar room, m’kay?
“Let Yourself Receive ~
Allow others to give you loving care.
Receive without guilt or apologies.
You are a giver, and you help others in so many ways. Most of the time, you truly enjoy giving. So, when you let others give to you, they experience the joy of giving. You give them a gift each time that you are a gracious receiver.
By receiving, you replenish yourself and balance the male and female energies within and around you. By allowing yourself to receive, you swim in the flow of life, which washes away stagnant energy, bringing in new forms of abundance, creative ideas, and all types of opportunities. Even the simplest act of receiving is healing, and it is a powerful step in the manifestation process.”
This is a very valuable lesson to learn. It’s one I still struggle with, though. I’ve gotten past much, over the years, and am way better about asking for help. With this one, I do actively try. Some days are easier than others. But to make the attempt, even if we are biting our tongues and graciously choking out a simple “Thank You” instead of qualifying it with words of unworth, is always better than denying others the joy of giving.
On another level, this card is also timely. Today I consciously gifted my own mercurial self elf with not-walking. I wanted to, but knew that my feet weren’t quite ready for a lengthy trudge just yet. I DID take the bike out. So it’s not like I slacked off on movement all together.
Here’s something from me and Max. A present, free of charge, it’s him being cute and polite, as Dan left for work tonight.
Emmy’s house and dog-sitting gig ended early, and now she has another one lined up across the canal. Only house, no pets this time. Starts tomorrow. Maximum Grand Dog doesn’t care, he hangs out with his Nana most of the time anyway.
Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue
Foreign License Plate Report:
LateNight Gifts from my Beloved:
He and Em both got upgrades recently, and we’ve been consistently impressed with the quality of their phone photos.