When last I left you, on Friday afternoon, I was doing well physically, but not so great in the mental/emotional department. Well, I fixed that. Yeah. I went to a Grief Seminar at my church. It was very well done and all. Just difficult for me. In so many ways. I was going to leave, go home and turn off the phone, and crawl into bed for the rest of the day. Instead, I nabbed an extra sweet roll on the way out the door, went to Walmart for some necessities, and stopped for frozen yogurt on the way home. And when I got home I ate some more. I think I ate some of those rosemary raisin bean balls. Nutritious AND calorie-laden.
Then I decided to read a bit of that book The Know-It-All. Is it true that laughter is the best medicine? Seems like it helped a little bit. Plus a phone call from my BFF, and a call to my brother, where I shared some of the wickedly funny humor from that book.
I settled in for the night, had a very healthy, light dinner, and went to bed early. I had plenty of time to sleep because it was Daylight Savings Time. But I was up by 5:15am which gave me a lot of time before church. I spent a nice amount of time reading and praying, and then I decided to watch a David Platt sermon on the computer. I know. How many sermons does a girl need to hear on a Sunday? But this one was fascinating. He did a very long interview with a fascinating young girl. Her name is Katie Brown (she has a blog!) and at the age of 19, she decided she wanted to go to Africa to help children. She ended up staying there, and now at 25 she is in the process of adopting 14 children (homeless kids from the slum,) as well as setting up a school, a children’s sponsorship program, and various other ministries. Wow! That knocked any last remnant of self-pity right out of my brain.
The day at church was so good. So many kind people said just the right thing to me. I got to talk to the young couple that I am working with to set up the child sponsorship program in Haiti. After seeing Katie Brown’s story, I am pretty psyched about our little project! They took a picture of us together to show to the people in Haiti, and it was a really good picture of me LOL.
After church I stopped at the market to get some vegetables. I needed to have some more in the house to get my food choices back on track. Told myself I couldn’t buy any fruit because I still had plenty at home. I got cauliflower, asparagus, a red bell pepper, and some green beans. Head on home, and what do I see standing on the corner in the cold damp weather in our little tiny town? One of these little Mexican guys standing shivering in a sweatshirt selling STRAWBERRIES. What month is this? Guess who has a whole case of strawberries? Very tasty too…
Today has been a very good day. I ate, of course, some strawberries and cottage cheese. I made a batch of that wonderful Cauliflower-Potato Bake–so yummy I had it for lunch and dinner. And I tried something I had been thinking about for a while. I made a batch of Spackle 2.0 and divided it into snack-sized portions as a substitute for chocolate chip cookie dough. VERY satisfying. For me, much better than the stuff made with beans.
I surfed around the blogs, and came across this guy’s blog. He is a W.W. leader, and for some reason it was comforting to me to hear that a W.W. leader still has some of the same struggles that I do. Looking for and eating junk food when traveling was one he mentioned. More importantly, he talked about the struggle he had during a particularly emotionally painful time, how he had a 10 pound weight gain, how he kept eating healthy food and journaling and everything, but it took a year for him to turn it around and lose that 10 pounds. I find comfort and hope in that.
Noah’s latest attempt at playing ‘little dog.’ That is an oversized ottoman, about 30″X36″, Sophie and Monk and my feet and a couple of books usually have plenty of room on there all at the same time.
And Yay! I officially won the Presidential Bronze Medal! It took 125 hours of various exercise to get to 40,000 points. And then they offered to sell me various and sundry forms of said medal. I opted to lift the image off their site and award it to myself on my blog.
I celebrated my win with a vigorous 40 minute hike. And that’s all the news that’s fit to print around here today. Thanks for all the great comments on my last entry.