Whole 30 starts tomorrow!!

Here’s a description of what I’ll be doing, starting tomorrow: Whole 30 Program   I’ve been contemplating this for a few weeks since my aunt posted it on FaceBook. I tried the Paleo diet for a while and felt great on it. But as usual, life circumstances happened and I let bad food habits creep back in. In fact, while I was thinking of this program, I was already planning on cheating before I even started! I was thinking of excuses like: “The only way I can eat salad is with dressing on it… so my creamy salad dressing will be one of the things I allow.” And I was thinking I’d keep using regular butter, because “I really only use it on sweet potatoes, and that small amount can’t hurt anything right?” Well, after reading back over the article, especially the “tough love” part towards the bottom, I’ve decided that I better just do it right.

I’ve been really struggling to loose weight. And I’ve had some crazy skin issues lately, breakouts that are really small skin infections instead of normal zits. My digestive system could use some help too, but I’ll not go into that online. 😛  My energy levels are pretty low at times and I know it’s related to diet and quality of sleep. My blood pressure is technically in the normal range, but it’s still higher than my “normal” with the lower number at 80. With a family history of heart disease, I feel that I need to hurry up and get healthy now.

So today I’m publicly committing to do this 30 day challenge of eating whole foods. This means no lattes (which have crept back into my life) and no breads. No alcohol. No dairy products. Not even peanut butter.  😦

I know it’s going to be hard. But I think I can do it. I’ll post on my blog every few days to let you know how it’s going. Feel free to call or text throughout the 30 days to send encouragement!  🙂

 

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Heroes Half Marathon

Other than a large blister on each foot, I’m feeling pretty good after walking a half marathon today. (http://www.heroeshalf.com/) My friend Stephanie and I walked the whole thing. Neither of us trained at all. She had a baby almost 6 months ago and has returned to work full time. I have no such excuse (other than my recent losses). It felt so good to get out and exercise for that long… well, it felt good for the first 8-10 miles. The last two miles were a suffer-fest. We finished in 3 hours and 51 minutes…. I think it’s my longest half marathon yet (can’t remember the time for my first one). This was my 5th half. It’s good motivation to keep on walking and keep on watching my diet.

I’d like to send out a special Thank You to my awesome husband Yancy for playing taxi today and waiting for us to finish our half marathon. You’re the best!

Last week was pretty busy. I spent a lot of time working on a project for school. I’m part of a team of three and we’re working with the college Sustainability Office to do a feasibility study and proposal to build an aquaponics system on campus. There’s going to be A LOT of research for this project, and a lot of coordinating of busy schedules. I’m excited to learn more about aquaponics. It’s complicated and fascinating (basically raising fish and produce together). I’m also taking the opportunity to learn more about gardening and sustainability. I listened to a talk last week about permaculture. Yancy and I also went to a talk about native plant species. We have some ideas of things we can plant around our place. We’ve been talking about planting some vegetables and herbs. We did plant flowers along the entry way to our house. The tulips died, but everything seems pretty happy.

I attended a job fair on Friday and have a few more contacts for possible internships and/or jobs. Hopefully I can find something soon! Tomorrow is the beginning of week 5 out of 11 for Spring quarter. I have to find an internship where I can work 99 hours in order to pass one of my classes… so I’m starting to stress out a little!   😛  Wish me luck!

Here are a few pictures from last week and today:

flowers on our walkway

flowers on our walkway

:)

🙂

Green Lake

Green Lake

a loon?

a loon?

loon from a different angle

loon from a different angle

Green Lake

Green Lake

Green Lake

Green Lake

DUCKIES!!!

DUCKIES!!!

I love how duck sleep on one leg

I love how duck sleep on one leg

turtles on a log!

turtles on a log!

the irises will be blooming soon!

the irises will be blooming soon!

getting ready to walk

getting ready to walk

close up  :P

close up 😛

Heroes Half Marathon

Heroes Half Marathon

Stephanie  :)

Stephanie 🙂

half way point

half way point

just one of the views during the half marathon

just one of the views during the half marathon

allllmost!

allllmost!

any time now!

any time now!

And then there was sun when we were almost done!

And then there was sun when we were almost done!

The best view!

The best view!

Heroes Half Marathon

Heroes Half Marathon

Finisher!

Finisher!

Happy Earth Day!

It’s barely after 8am and I’ve already showered, dressed, had breakfast & tea, and started dinner in the crock-pot! We’ll be having corned beef and cabbage tonight, ah ya! With cider for me and whiskey for Yancy. I have a very busy day ahead with school work and looking for an internship. I was hoping to weed the yard today (in honor of Earth Day & the newly arrived sunshine), but thinking I won’t have the time.

I’d like to send a shout out to my friend Rochelle who lost her grandma on Friday. You’re in my thoughts. Sending you virtual hugs!!

Yancy and I are still sad about loosing our kitty. This house is just not the same without that little crazy fur-ball. We gave his cat tower and toys to the neighbors upstairs. Their two cats are having a blast, you can hear them thundering around up there. We recently signed another year’s lease at our rental, and decided not to get any new pets until we get our own place. Then it’ll be a dog!

Well, I better finish getting ready to go. I’m heading to the college to take an extracurricular class about how to use LinkedIn. Yippy… Hope you all have a nice Earth Day and do something nice for our planet today.  🙂

Goodbye Colby :(

We brought our cat to the vet today for loss of appetite, loss of energy, and increased thirst. He’s lost a lot of weight and you can tell he hasn’t been feeling well. Turns out his kidneys were shutting down, and have been for some time. We’ve done everything we can to keep him healthy, from fancy water dishes to expensive foods. There’s really nothing more we can do. The vet recommended euthanizing him, saying that he probably wouldn’t survive the rest of the week. It was hard, but we decided to have it done today. Otherwise we would be bringing him home to prolong his suffering. There’s been a few tears shed. I wonder if everyone has such heartache when loosing a pet. He’s been our one and only for 7 years. But I also wonder if I’m being overly emotional. Watching him not eat and get so skinny really reminds me of my grandmother’s last week of life. Maybe some of the pain I’m feeling is just resurfacing from last month.    Loss is hard.  😦

Colby was  a funny cat. He was rambunctious and entertaining. He was great at snuggling, especially when I wasn’t feeling well. He loved the sunshine and grass (‘cept he was always trying to eat the grass). When he “helped” me with laundry I always had to fight the dryer sheets away from him (he tried to eat those as well). Whenever a can of any kind was opened in the kitchen (or pretty much any cooking for that matter), he had to investigate. More than once I woke up with him standing on my chest with his mouth right against mine. He was a great spider hunter (but never really killed the spiders). He had the funniest meow when watching birds play outside the window. When we came home he would roll around on the living room floor purring and asking for belly rubs. When we had parties, he would prance around acting so cute, but staying just out of reach. He was curious about, but scared of babies. He had a habit of drinking out of my water glass when I wasn’t looking (did catch him in the act a few times, but mostly could only tell by the water droplets surrounding my glass). He was pretty smart too, he knew when he was breaking the rules. He was very afraid of thunder and hail storms, nothing we did could pull him out from hiding. I once thought he had escaped, and after looking EVERYWHERE, found him perched on top of the fridge just watching me. In the last few months his favorite place to sit was in between me and my computer. I’ll miss his warm snuggles. I’ll miss his “welcome home” display. I’ll miss his funny personality. I’ll miss his company. Colby was a great cat.

Goodbye Colby. We loved you!!!

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Goodbye Grandma, I will blog on

My grandma was the main reason I’ve kept this blog going. She would log on every day to see my latest adventures. I wasn’t very good about calling her very often, so this was one way for her to stay caught up with me. I do talk to my mom on the phone regularly. Sometimes Mom would tell Grandma (her mom) something I had been doing and Grandma would say “I knew that days ago!” 🙂 As you know through previous posts, Grandma had lung cancer and the chemo treatments stopped working. Because of my unique situation of not working and having online classes, I was able to visit her pretty often in the last few months. Shortly after my last post, her health started rapidly declining. Within a few weeks, she went from answering the phone herself, eating normal meals, going for short walks… to being totally dependent on others for her care. It was heartbreaking to watch such a strong woman go through these changes. I stopped blogging for a while because it only brought the realization that she wouldn’t be reading it anymore. Even now, over a month since she passed away, it’s difficult to post. This blog was a connection I had with my dear grandma. I actually thought of closing the blog. But after more thought, I’ve decided to continue in her honor.

I read a quote recently that said something along the lines of “Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness, when shared is doubled.” (author unknown) This blog is a place for me to share my joys and struggles. So I’ll continue to blog… even if no one reads it.

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