Day Four

All the food I ate today was great, again.  But I’ll get to that in a minute.  First, I have to ask:  were any of you laughing at me behind my back, as I faithfully logged each day sans coffee, and then told you I had to take some excedrin for the headache???  If you weren’t laughing, you must not know what is in excedrin–CAFFEINE!!!  Aaargh.  I can’t believe I did that.  But it for sure does not have the same affect on me as coffee does.  Nor does it bring with it any of the pleasure that coffee does.

Second thing.  I don’t exactly know why, but today I felt fat and old and tired.  Which makes you start thinking, why bother, what’s the point of all this working out and eating different stuff if you are still tired and achy and FAT?  And then you start thinking about what’s missing in your diet.  Maybe its all due to food, or the lack of it.  Maybe I could solve this by eating something that I’m not ‘allowed’ to eat this week.  But the funny thing was, I went over all the things that have been eliminated.  And reviewed some of my favorite snacks.  And I didn’t really want any of those things.  All this was going on while I was driving around, and at the gym.  (At the gym not wanting to work out and sitting and contemplating how fat and tired I was.)  I did work out pretty hard anyways, but I cut short my swim to 12 laps.  So by the time I got home, I decided I would allow myself a ‘treat’ of TWO dates with walnuts inside.  Had a really simple dinner, which was delish.

Okay, back to the food listage.  This morning had yet another version of the oats, yogurt, walnuts, etc mix.  Again, quite tasty, but not worthy of sharing a recipe yet.  Had that along with a big piece of ambrosia melon.  These are really great–taste like super sweet canteloupe.  Mid morning had the best green smoothie yet–one frozen banana, one cup frozen strawberries, at least 2 cups of spinach, and 1/2 cup of homemade yogurt.  As long as I did not look at it while I drank it, it tasted fantastic.

Was at a friend’s house for lunch, and she very obligingly made me a great big gorgeous salad.  So fun to talk over salad because they take forever to eat.  More fruit for dessert.

So for dinner, I baked a little red potato, and topped it with that mushroom-onion-herb stuff that I made the other day.  It was delicious!  Much better on the regular potato than on the yam.  And had a couple of super delicious farmer’s market tomatoes along with it.  I am again really full, and I will again finish off the night with some pear sauce with the flax meal, chia seeds, and psyllium mixed in, and probably a glass of almond breeze.

Here’s the deal on that Golden Goddess dip/topping that I mentioned the other day.  I think it tastes pretty good with the last ingredient added in, but I am a little put off by the texture–it reminds me of baby food.  Very simple to make, and seems to hold up well in the frig.  Here’s the recipe:  One butternut squash cut into chunks, take the seeds out, one carrot cut into chunks, and one clove of garlic.  Put in a pan to boil–til tender, about 20 minutes.  Let cool, and peel the skin off the squash, and put all in the blender.  If you need to, add a little of the cooking water.  Add the last ingredient, 1/2 Tbsp brown rice miso (I found it in the grocery store in the refrigerator case next to the tofu) and blend all together.  It is a pretty golden orange color, and sticks nicely to any veggies that you might dip into it.

Isn’t it funny how when we have a problem, or are feeling bad, we automatically think it is due to a lack of food, or it can be cured by food.  When really , if I thought about it, that is just the way things are.  I AM fat, and old, and have more than my share of arthritis.  Ha!  I bet you guys didn’t think I was going there.  I didn’t when I started that sentence.  What I didn’t think about was the fact that I stacked a cord of firewood yesterday, and ran around like a mad woman doing housework and chores to make up for what I didn’t get done earlier in the week…I guess I’m doing something right–the old me would have taken at least a week to get all that work done.

And speaking of work, I’m back at it tomorrow!  I’ll check in with you on Sunday!  Have a great weekend, everyone.

11 thoughts on “Day Four

  1. you might try cutting it into chunks instead of putting it in the blender – that would change the texture.

    I am not an excedrin person – so would never have made the connection with caffeine either.

    we are having a VERY cool end of summer after a very cool summer. And I am so glad – I do NOT like hot (even if it is dry hot). And here it is usually muggy if it is hot.

  2. Debby,

    I have been reading your blog for quite a while, and I really like it! You have some wonderful insights.

    Gosh do I hear you when you say you feel tired, achy, and FAT! I will be 39 in one month, and I found out that I am dealing with arthritis in both knees. Not something I expected at this age! I was never grossly overweight, but I was about 85 pounds overweight and can’t help but think that contributed to the whole problem. I have about 45 more pounds to lose, and I will do it for the health of my knees. I thank God that I have wonderful health care and can see great doctors to take care of me. I know that is how I am fortunate.

    Keep up the hard work!

    • Thanks Ali! Do you have your own blog? And thanks for reminding me that feeling that way can happen at any age–makes me feel better about the FEELING OLD part!

      And keep up the good work on your weight loss. All the hard work and angst is definitely worth it. I hope you are discovering a whole new world of great foods out there!

  3. That’s funny about the Excedrin! I don’t have that, so I didn’t realize it contained caffeine! LOL.

    I have those kind of days, too. It’s so weird, out of the blue. The mind is very complex, that’s for sure.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  4. No matter how old we are, we’re going to get older — my mother-in-law always says, ‘I’ve never seen anyone going the other way!’ So we might has well do it in style, right? I feel better in my 50s than I did in my 20s. So, all you who are younger than me and still have beautiful skin and fewer wrinkles, enjoy your weight loss journey! It is worth it, no matter how you feel on any given day. I despair that even with my weight loss, my thighs will never look like anything other than tree trunks. It’s my genetics. But, still, tree trunks are more slender at size 10 than at size 16!

  5. Are you losing weight on this diet…it seems like a small amount to eat and a lot of exercise. Just out of curiousity about how many calories per day are you eating?

    • Hi Stacy, I am losing weight so slowly that it is almost microscopic LOL! Actually this ‘cleanse’ thing is only for a week, and I actually started figuring the calories out of curiosity, and I am still eating about 1300 calories a day.

  6. ahhh cured by food 🙂

    my daughter quit sleeping this past week (INSERT EYEROLL HERE) and it was such a great reminder to me about cravings & sleep.


    • Hahahahahah, Miz! That is so funny. And do you know how much good it does us foodies to hear that the Great and Mighty Miz still craves sugar!

      Just love you Miz!

  7. I think sometimes we just have days where we feel old and fat. Maybe it’s to help you better appreciate the days you feel great. Kind of like we appreciate the sun better after a few days of rain.

    As my mom always says, “This too shall pass.”

    Stacking a cord of wood??? That would make anyone feel tired!

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