Weighing Matters

my journey to b.e.t.t.e.r

oh my heavens

I look every single morning on my way to work at 5 – 5:30. Out my front door north across the field is the big dipper.

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It stands precariously on the last star in the handle and balances near the horizon. It surely must have lost its precious contents at such an angle, but not to worry, the little dipper is near enough to scoop it up. Then I glance off to the east-northeast to check out Orion. I’m not sure exactly why, but I feel so much peace and security looking at the three perfectly aligned and slightly tilted stars together. Somehow, I feel that God is nearby when I look into the heavens and find the constellations that I love. As I drive to the end of my gravel road, Orion is on the left and I gaze at it as long as possible until I reach the highway. Then I steal glances for the two-mile stretch into town. But as I go up the hill, the road turns sharply to the left, and the big dipper has all my attention again. Right now [the end of September first of October] it’s nearly touching the ground!

Lately I’ve been searching for Cassiopeia. I know the directions to find it but have only done so a handful of times. We saw it clearly at Green River Lakes in July. Granddaughter, Andie, pointed it out as it hung low above the evergreens.

To find the constellation Cassiopeia, locate the second star in the handle of the “Big Dipper” and Polaris.  Connect a line through this star from Ursa Major through Polaris. This will point you through Polaris and on to a “W” or “M” shaped constellation.  This is “the queen,” Cassiopeia.  The stars of Cassiopeia are not excessively bright. This will make Cassiopeia a difficult constellation to locate.

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The moon is a whole different situation. It’s by far my favorite heavenly fixture. On September 17th I saw the very last sliver of the moon in the predawn darkness, a mere fingernail clipping. Several nights ago [on Saturday] it was a perfect capital ‘D’, as it evolved out of its first quarter. I called the grandkids to show them how ‘D’elightful it looked. Three nights later I called to say how much it resembled the outline of an artists eye. This amazing website shows each day in September and tells the story much better than I can articulate.

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Who, tell me, who in their right mind doesn’t find this absolutely fascinating?

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

the lemon law: bottoms up [clink, clink]

Daughter Tracy convinced me to clean up my liver. I’ve tried this for a week and haven’t really seen a difference on the outside, yet, but I’m hoping my insides are clean and fresh. [I’ll let you know how it goes after the recommended 28 days.] The liver has over 300 functions so I’m very interested in a b.e.t.t.e.r liver! “When the liver is in failure it is the underlying cause of basically everything that goes wrong with our bodies!”

[OK. You’ve got my attention!]

This from a great site:

“Supporting your liver may just be the missing key to your optimum health! This diverse organ is the first line of defense against any poisons [including, I imagine, all the garbage, chemicals, processed food, preservatives, etc. we put in our mouths disguised as food] – its role is to change harmful toxins into substances that can be safely eliminated from the body. In addition, all the nourishment obtained through the gastrointestinal tract enters the blood by way of the liver.”

[And of course, this really caught my eye!]

Healthy Liver, Also The Secret To Weight Loss!

“One of the best kept secrets in weight loss and lasting weight control is keeping the liver, the key organ for fat metabolism, in tip-top shape. Ann Louise Gittleman, author of The Fat Flush Plan, says “Probably nothing you do to control your weight is as important as keeping your liver healthy. This means avoiding as many of the damaging elements (like alcohol) as possible, while embracing liver boosters. Among some of the lesser known compromisers of liver function are caffeine, sugar, trans fats, medications, and inadequate fiber. ”

Cleaning up the liver is the key to better health, energy and vitality!

Good Morning Liver cleansing tonic [Here’s what Tracy and I are doing . . . I actually have to squeeze my nose as it’s going down!]

  • 1 Tablespoon (or more if you like) of freshly squeezed Lemon juice
  • One drop of Peppermint Essential Oil (suitable for internal use)
  • One drop of Lemon Essential Oil (suitable for internal use)
  • Mix Lemon juice, lemon and peppermint oil. Best if taken before eating in the morning.

Repeat each morning for 28 days then rest for one week and then resume.

[Really important to brush your teeth right after this because it does a job on enamel. Second only to the damage that fresh pineapples does to our teeth!]

Lemon Juice

  • Richest source of vitamins and minerals know to man.
  • Benefits bile formation, which is essential for optimal fat metabolism
  • Helps regulate the liver.
  • Promotes peristalsis. Keeps waste moving along for elimination.
  • Encourages tissue building.
  • Strengthens and energizes the heart.
  • Stimulates and builds the kidneys and adrenal glands.
  • Its oxygen builds vitality.
  • Its calcium strengthens and builds the lungs.
  • Its sodium encourages tissue building.
  • It alkalizes the pH of the blood to a healthy level.
  • Its iron builds the red corpuscles.
  • It cleanses the blood plasma.
  • Aids the thyroid for deeper breathing.
  • Helps dissolve and eliminate mucoid plaque from the digestive system.

Lemon Oil

  • Encourages bile secretion,
  • aids liver function,
  • boosts metabolism,
  • reduces toxin buildup in fat cells
  • supports bile flow.

Peppermint Oil

  • Clears liver from drugs,
  • may help allergies, hay fever, gastritis, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, common cold,
    bronchitis, sinusitis, fever & morning sickness.
  • MUCH more!

Bottoms up! [clink, clink]

September 27, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

all i know

I can put on one pound by just inhaling at Great Harvest. I can put on 5 pounds in two days eating the old way I used to. I can put on 10 pounds in a week. All I know is it takes 4 1/2 months to take it off. Seriously. Can I [finally] learn something from this experience?

Today’s weight 149 [compared to 161 on May 2nd when I started blogging after my Weight Watchers regional training meeting.] [I was so disgusted with myself!] [I remember feeling so depressed, so disillusioned, so discouraged, so defeated.]

Today’s measurements: [compared to those posted on June 7th]
Breast was 40, now 38
Waist was 34, now 31
Abdomen was 40.5, now 36
Hips were 41, now 38.5
Thigh was 24.75, now 22.75
Arm was 13.5. now 12

Now, that’s b.e.t.t.e.r.!

September 27, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

today 9/27/09

This morning at church was the first day someone noticed I have toned up and trimmed down. [Bless her little heart] Darlene Cottrell, walked right up to me and said, “Wow, you look great! What have you been doing?”

“I’ve been exercising. A lot!”

“Are you still doing Weight Watchers?”

“No. Not really since they left town, but I’m trying hard to eat healthy and keep the weight off.”

“Well, you look really good.”

“Thanks! Thanks so much for saying that!”

Last week someone asked if I had colored my hair.

Someone said they liked my new shirt.

Someone asked who cuts my hair.

But no one said, “Wow, your arms look better. [Can I feel that little bump you keep talking about?] Your tummy looks better. Your calves look trimmer. Your zipper is all the way up and it’s not safety pinned! Are your thighs smaller? Oh my heck your thighs really do look smaller.”

Nope. No one said any of that.

But Darlene said, “Wow, you look great! What have you been doing?”

September 27, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

live r.i.g.h.t. now

I am loving that phrase. Love the double meaning. Love the profound depth. Love the intensity. Love the direction it takes my thinking.

So many times we don’t live right. We live wrong. And we’re miserable. We don’t do the things that will ultimately be the best for us. We don’t keep the commitments we make to ourselves and others. We don’t see the importance of telling the truth and being honest and keeping even the basic Ten Commandments. We justify and lie and cheat [my heck even when playing a simple game of cards or Quirkle with Keziah!]  We procrastinate and are lazy and just waste ourselves and our precious time. So we don’t live ‘right.’

And we don’t live right now. We live in the past — the recent past and the far past. Or the future. My life will be perfect when . . . I lose these stubborn, sticky, obnoxious 10 pounds, my kids are all grown up and gone, when I can finally afford to retire, when I get new windows and a front door that actually works, when the new bathroom sink I’ve had in the basement for five years is actually installed in the bathroom counter, and on and on . . .

But to live r.i.g.h.t now means to live the best we can, the healthiest we can. It means to be aligned with God the best we know how. It means to serve at least one other person each day. It means to do things that lead to optimum wellness in our bodies. It means to apologize to those we’ve hurt. It means to thank those who have blessed our lives. It means taking responsibility for what we put in our mouths. It means reading labels! It means to go out of our way to be kind and polite and caring. It means Omega 3’s and 6’s. It means to wash and brush and floss and flush [all those little thoughtful things.] It means to do something for our spirit, our mind, our body and our heart each and every day. It means 100 crunches and spinach salad and vitamin supplements. It means mammograms and colonoscopies and yearly checkups. It means absolutely no sugar. It means to wipe a tear, give a hug, send a note, make a call. It means simply saying “thank you” after a compliment — not saying “Oh, this old thing? I got it for $2 on a blue light special!”

It probably means to clean the basement [and keep it clean.]

September 27, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

proud mama

Oh yes I am.

PICT0161Five years ago hubby planted an iddy-biddy branch in our front yard. Last year [when it was four years old] we had about 15 iddy-biddy apples, which I assumed were crab apples. But this year we have two [count them! TWO!] ginormous, perfectly shaped, beautifully colored full grown apples. One for each of us.

If that isn’t enough to warm your heart, I surely don’t know what is!

September 25, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

seriously?

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This is what’s on my fridge right now.

What’s wrong with a guy who insists on buying this junk, and then putting it right above [my] eye level?

I’m just sayin’ . . .

It would be like me putting 40 bottles of beer on the wall in front of an alcoholic!

hellOOOOO!

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment

falling

I love the fall. Problem is, around here, fall lasts about three weeks and then we are in the dead of winter!

Last weekend I wrapped and tucked away all my spring and summer decorations and ‘got out’  f.a.l.l. I have so many cute things that I love, but if I don’t get them out in mid September, [even through the temperature last week was still in the 80’s] I run the risk of having snow on the ground the first of October. Then I’m all about my cute snowy, bbbrrr-y, wintery decorations.  Believe me, they are up and around for a long time. Winter in Wyoming lasts practically forever!

Fall brings a worry, though. I usually pack on 10-15 extra pounds through the winter. Winter is so long, and so cold and blustery around here that I tend to turn to comfort foods and fat foods. The cold fruit, Vichyssoise, fresh salads and ice cold smoothies just don’t do it for me in the winter. And I see the pounds creeping up over the long months. It’s a journey I have, unfortunately, traveled the past 20 years or so.

So what’s the plan for this year?

What can I do to make this year different. This year b.e.t.t.e.r?

The plan has got to start taking shape now — when I can still remember how long it took to take off those nasty 12 pounds from last winter! I want need to remember how it felt to weigh 176 and wear those size 16’s three years ago. I have to remember my thighs rubbing together as I walked and the way my stomach hung down over my thighs when I sat down. I have to remember the three ‘tiers’ to my back, above and below my too-tight bra, and then the bulge just above my pants.UUUGGGHHH! Enough of that ugly picture. YUK!

[I just now had to hurry and feel the little muscle-y indention in my arm and flex it to feel the nicely bulging bicep.] THAT’S what I want to remember! I want to remember how good it feels to weigh 149 [yes, 145 or 140 would be so much better . . .] I want to remember being hooked on morning exercise and being able to dance around the living room when inspiring music plays. I want to remember a size 10. I want to enjoy ‘medium,’ not ‘large or extra large.’ I want to remember wearing belts and tucking in my shirt. I want to remember how good ‘healthy’ feels. I want to remember feeling energized. I want to remember sleeping well, and standing straight. I want to remember not having to worrying what I must have look like to others as I enter a room. Not feeling so self conscious. I want to remember being able to do 100 sit ups and 40 push ups. I want to remember how hard it is to get motivated enough to have to start over. Again.

Lord, help me remember.

I’m getting so forgetful!

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | 2 Comments

hb2u!

Happy Birthday Fisher! I love you!

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I love your sweet spirit, your good heart. I love your darling giggle, your bright eyes, your new haircut, and your enthusiasm for anything with wheels or wings! I love how you protected the little frogs and worried about the snake. I love how you love your little sister!

Hope you have a very special day and a great 5th year, all year long!

Love, Bommer

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | 2 Comments

run, don’t walk …

If you have never had this, stop what you’re doing right now and run to the grocery store. I’m telling you I love, LOVE this combination of sweet, tart, crunchy and healthy! Mikelle told me she had been eating it and I said “What? That just sounds gross!” But no. NO. It’s truly de-LISH!

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What is it you say? Vanilla [healthy] yogurt, topped with fresh or frozen raspberries or blackberries, and sprinkled with chopped walnuts. You’ve got your dairy, your protein, your vitamin-filled fruit and your omega 3’s. Absolutely delightful. In fact I experience a little thrill, a chill, a tremor with each bite. The sweet of the yogurt [sweetened with crystalized fructose please!] the shocking tart of the fruit — now don’t go buying fruit with a ton of any sugar on it — and the little bit of extra chewy-ness from the nuts is a mind body-boggling experience!

Do not, under any set of circumstances, ruin this delectable bit of heaven by tossing on some granola instead of chopped walnuts!

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Weight just a minute | Leave a comment