Day 19, Making Every Day Count

 
“Make each day your masterpiece.”
 

Morning

 
My weight is going down again!  It may have been pizza that sent my weight back up.  To follow Tony Robbins’ suggestions, let me associate pain with eating it to avoid its problems.
 

Dining

 
Last night, my neighbor, who had me to dinner on September 18th, gave me two Amish bar stools for our counter, where we can now eat.   I helped with her minimization strategy, and she gave us furniture we could use that we did not have.
 
Our condo is freshly cleaned.  This morning my husband said we can get a maid every two weeks.  That is a relief for me.  Our dwelling looks better than on Day One.  Instead of boxes of supplements covering the kitchen counter, it is now clear, with stools to enjoy the surface for eating, working, or whatever.
 

Journey

 
Just days ago, I was facing the need for an antidepressant costing $15,000 a year.  Then I started this journey, and immediately, I felt better.  My progress slowed somewhat this week.  However, I am still on the road to my goal.  Thank you for coming along.  
 

Sacred Things

 
On September 30th, I created an altar for sacred things about my spirituality and weight loss.  Losing weight is a spiritual undertaking and needs the support of a Higher Power.  I have read two spiritually oriented books about weight loss: Marianne Williamson’s A Course in Weight Loss and The Jesus Diet by Robin Merrill.  Both books are replete with prayers for assistance.
 
Of course, though others’ prayers provide a template, I need my own prayers.
 
I have my prayer from September 15th, which I put in a box attached to my prayer beads.
 
 
Dear Lord,
 
Thank you for this beautiful, late-summer day.  Please help me lose approximately eleven pounds in 110 days.  First, help me reverse my gaining trend.
 
I must practically be obsessed with accomplishing this.  I believe you have given me permission to be obsessed.  This goal will require focus and wisdom.  Mental adjustment is needed.  My friends and family tell me that I do not need to lose weight.  However, I know how my body feels; I know how my clothes fit me; I know myself better than any other human.  Already, for two years, I have struggled to do this.  I almost gave up.  However, I still want to do it.
 
I am renewing my efforts.  In one day, I have already been rewarded with a .2 kilogram loss.  Help me to continue, this time privately, so my actions do not get torn down by others’ remarks.
 
Amen.
 
The operant word is obsessed.  I shrink when others say I am obsessed.  However, this journey is a magnificent obsession; the process of losing weight and blogging about it is healing my depression also.  I do not want to take a $15,000 a year medication for depression.  Instead, I am happy again, and the condo even looks better.  
 

Breakfast

 
It is almost breakfast time.  I could eat any time after awakening.  However, if I eat early, it throws off my TRE (Time-Restricted Eating).  The best time to eat breakfast is the same time every day, which for me is 8:30 AM.  If you need to get to work, you may need to eat earlier.   That is perfectly okay.
 
Today I have standard Mini Joy for breakfast.  I miss the spices, but it is okay.
 
Exercise
 
For the second day in a row, I did my four chiropractic exercises.  See the mindmap for photos and instructions.  
 

Meditation

 
Minutes ago, twenty-three minutes of guided meditation relaxed me enough to put me to sleep.  I listened to Mindfulness for Releasing Anxiety by Glenn Harrold, the same mp3 I used last night at bedtime.   I recommend this mp3 highly, so you will want to follow this link.
 

Afternoon

 
 
I made a green drink again, this time with spring mix.
 
Its color is more reddish and less green than with spinach and/or kale.  It tastes like a delectable salad.  For the ingredients, see the diet diary below.
 

Self-Hypnosis

 
Feeling tired a few minutes ago, I listened to Joseph Clough’s manifestation mp3.  This time I did not fall into a trance, so I heard his suggestions.  The keys to manifestation are massive inspired action and believing I deserve it.
 

Shopping

 
Seconds ago, I sent off an Instacart order for groceries.  I will need to wait for the order, so I cannot walk to the library right now.  Possibly, I can go later tonight.  I am fatigued.  Though I slept until later than usual this morning, my husband woke me up.  He also kept me awake last night and virtually every night.  I am not sure when I will catch up on my rest.  My life is like having a new baby.
 
However, a baby grows up.  My husband will most likely get weaker and weaker.  My goal is to keep him home as long as possible.  I will need help.
 

Intermittent Fasting

 
I started my fast and called it Relaxation Fast since relaxation is what I need.  Of course, I am committed to these blog entries, but I can take it easy with them.
 

Diet Diary

 
Again, I got a nearly complete nutritional profile.  With a touch less low-sodium V8, fructose would have been less than 15 grams.  A bit more almond milk, and I would have had enough calcium.  The hummus and crackers were a bit high in sodium.  However, these values are very close to the ideal.  
 
 
 
 
 
AFTERNOON PRAYER
 
Dear Lord,
 
What can I do to make every day count, even tougher ones like today?
 
Help me get through the rest of the day.  It is only 3:15 PM, and I am as tired as I typically am at 10:30 PM.  What is causing such incredible fatigue?  Is it a lack of calories?  If I believe that, I will start eating more and perhaps sabotage my goal.
 
There has to be some other cause.  Last night, I went right to sleep with a meditation recording, and it was almost 5:00 AM when my husband woke me up.
 
I think I know what it is.  Last night, I had to change my husband twice, right before bedtime.  All of his clothes and bedding were wet.  I ordered more laundry soap today; I have had so much laundry.  I am experiencing “new mother fatigue,” except I cannot carry my baby around.  
 
Is it too much to diet and do all of this, also?  It probably is, but I would still be depressed without this blog, which would cost $15,000 a year in medication alone.
 
Let me not talk myself out of my diet.  You are my supporter, right?
 
There.  I decided to have another serving of hummus and crackers.  That should still allow me to lose weight by tomorrow.  I restarted my fast.
 
I meditated and rested for a while tonight, which took the edge off my fatigue.  The extra food helped, too.   It is now 7:12 PM.  
 
October 2nd, 1996, 24 years ago today, I started using an electronic food log.  I weighed 146 pounds.  Today, I weigh less than 118 pounds.  If I had not kept a diary, I figure that instead of losing I would have gained one or two pounds a year.  That is not difficult to do since the Christmas season alone can put that much weight on you.  Suppose I had gained 1.5 pounds yearly.  My weight would be 182 pounds by now.  My life is a testament to the effectiveness of diet diaries.
 
Lord, I am so grateful that I started keeping a diet diary.  Even though I have not been 100% faithful, I have been about 75% so.
 
Please bless my readers to avail themselves of opportunities to transform their lives.
 
Amen.
 
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This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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