Day 386, Split Peas and Trusting God

Day 386, Split Peas and Trusting God

“Ere, in the northern gale,
The summer tresses of the trees are gone,
The woods of Autumn, all around our vale,
Have put their glory on.
The mountains that infold,
In their wide sweep, the colored landscape round,
Seem groups of giant kings, in purple and gold.
That guard the enchanted ground.”
William Cullen Bryant, Autumn Woods

Monday Morning


Preparing For My Day

5-10 things I am grateful for:
  • a new week and a new season
  • feeling good
  • my good vision
  • legumes
  • my ability to walk
  • my clean teeth (The Sonicare appears to work.)
morning comments, feelings, ideas, moods, and empowering questions:
100 questions and I am working on 200, getting them memorized.
mood and energy:
feeling good that my weight went back down.
pretty good
the reason it is important
next action(s)
I am memorizing 200 quality questions to motivate me on my journey started on Day One to shed 15 pounds without sacrificing my mood or energy.
Continue getting the questions memorized.
I am keeping the kitchen cleaner.
I got some of the dusting done.
I got the snail mail caught up.
I got the laundry caught up.
Doing great!
I got six blog entries posted so far this month.
Keep posting!


What do you think Cronometer can tell me today?  This calendar shows how I am doing with Cronometer for September.  I have logged every day fully so far except three (the 13th, 14th, and 21st), and those three days have been partial days.  My mood and energy have been okay, sometimes really good.
Since my start date (Lisa’s Diet Takeoff Day) on June 22, 2019, I have completely logged 70% of all days.  I have been reasonably good at logging and plan to do even better.
Is Cronometer helping me?  Whether I lose weight or not, it appears that keeping a log in Cronometer is beneficial for my mood and energy, and it helps to keep me from gaining weight, which is worth a lot.

JV Life Tracker

What can I learn from JV Life Tracker?  Looking at my JV Life Tracker report of the month so far, I confirm that I have kept a complete Cronometer log 19 out of 22 days.  Not bad.  However, I have only been in budget twice, and within 100 or 150 calories of the budget two and six times respectively.  Half the time, I have eaten within the amount Cronometer says I burn.  What does that mean?  It could mean utter failure.  However, I think I have everything in place to start losing weight again.
Joel Fuhrman, who advocates eating as a nutritarian, recommends eating beans to supply many hours of sustained energy.  I used to eat legumes frequently, but have not done so since getting married, a change that may help me lose weight and would be economical also.
Where can I go for inspiration in cooking with legumes?  My cookbook, KaeLyn’s Korner Kitchen, has several legume recipes, including two for split pea soup, which I could use and evolve into meals that suit my situation now.  I think I will start with split pea soup.  Green split pea soup was my staple when my weight dropped from 146 to 123 pounds back in 1996-97.  (My weight has never gone back up to that point since.)  Split pea soup is not difficult to make and very economical.  It is soup season again, so that could work out great.

Tuesday Morning


Split Pea Soup

What does my husband think of legumes?  I talked to my husband about split pea soup yesterday, and he was okay with the idea.  I tried to interest my parents in split pea soup a number of years ago and learned that when Dad was a young man, he boarded where they served split pea soup every day.  He got sick of it and never wanted it again.
Fortunately, that has never happened to my husband.
I am getting an Instacart order ready that includes lentils and split peas and also sesame seeds and ham because they taste great in split pea soup.  I ordered some miso because that tastes great in lentil soup.  However, will my husband go for that?

JV Life Tracker

Can I improve my life by using JV Life Tracker?  I scored 76 on JV Life Tracker for yesterday, up from 58 the day before.  My average for the month of September is 67.
In my ebook, Joyful Vibrance:  Transform Your Body Image, Energy, and Mood!, I describe JV Life Tracker.  It has the capability of giving up to 99 points per activity.  Lately, however, I have not used that capability much, partly to save time and partly to save disk space on my device.  It also improves the performance of my app.  Because of that, my scores are lower than they were years ago, but I think it is worth it, taking these things into consideration.  I did inflate the importance of doing my blog by giving it a long list of subtasks that can each earn a separate point.  That strategy is working because it helps remind me of details and smoothes the process of getting a blog entry out.
This morning, I thought again about some improvements I would like to make to the app.  I have not done much development on it since getting married.  If you have some suggestions for it, please leave them in the comments.


I was just going to settle into a guided meditation when I stopped myself.  I have a batch of laundry in the washer, which may become unbalanced when it spins.  I need to keep my ears open in case it needs my attention.

Trusting God

Yesterday, while walking home from the chiropractor’s, I stopped at the library and picked up a book called, Unshakeable Trust by Joyce Meyer.  The book is about developing trust in God and overcoming overworked self-reliance.  I grew up with the adage, “Pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on you.”  From what I understand of what I have read so far, Joyce advocates leaving more of the work up to God and others.  If I think I have to do it all myself, it causes too much anxiety.
What change would benefit me in trusting God?  I have already been pondering how I can apply Joyce Meyer’s words in my own life.  Last night I had a domestic situation that I wanted to fix and tried to at first, but when that did not work out, I decided to leave it in God’s hands for a time, during which time I completely relaxed.  I still did something, but I was able to wait until later.  The situation worked out okay, and God must have had a hand in it because it was answered according to my prayers.  I think I need to do that more.  Too often, I practically burn out my brain trying to think of and enact solutions.  Now I think I can leave more of it to God.

Wednesday Morning

Weight Loss

Congratulations to me! I experienced another weight drop last night.  I had a green drink for lunch yesterday.
I did not eat after supper and kept my calories (1675) within what I burned (1687).  Probably most significantly, my net carbs were only 83.4 grams or 101% of my budget.  (I typically go over-budget much more than 1%.)  Yesterday, I exercised but not to excess and did not record my exercise or figure it into what I burned.
Getting caught up on my sleep, I slept before bedtime.  This morning, I got up around 5:30 AM and eliminated well.  My stress was low yesterday.  Probably all of these things helped me shed some weight.

Yesterday’s Food Log

Notice the day was not completely vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free, but it was approximately that.  Sometimes in the real world, ‘approximately’ is good enough.

Energy Supplements

The energy supplements were comprised of the following:
Actually, instead of ubiquinol, right now I am using Qunol liquid Coq10 from Costco, which is currently on sale.  I have been taking 60 or 90 grams.  It seems to be giving me good results in terms of energy and weight loss.
I baked the Amy’s Tofu Scramble in the oven rather than the microwave.  I do that with all our frozen dinners.


Morning Prayer
Dear Lord,
Trusting God
If Joyce Meyer is right, I should stop trying to be self-sufficient.  She emphasizes our need to work with others for our needs and especially to rely on you.  We cannot do everything on our own.
She emphasizes the need to accept your will, as you always know what is best for us.  If things do not go our way, you have something better in mind.  If we will trust that, we can increase our joy and decrease our stress.
Lord, what you have done in my life is amazing.  Of course, I have tried to steer things my own way and have probably messed things up.  However, I believe that you work with that and figure my follies into your plans, never giving up on me.
What can we do from this time forth?  Will you help me lose weight?  I have wondered if losing more weight is the right thing for me, yet my joy in shedding a little weight last night and finding out why it happened in Cronometer has been illuminating.
Lord, would it be good for me to pursue losing more weight?  This morning, it seems to be the right thing to do.
Split Pea Soup
Lord, I got some split peas and other legumes yesterday.  I can make soups in the crockpot this autumn. My energy is higher than it was.  I am free of both mania and depression.  There is hope for having a normal life, even a joyous, satisfying one.
I want to continue developing my DelectaBalance Diet. Joel Fuhrman’s advice to eat as a nutritarian is a good place to start.  He has recipes on his site.
My cookbook, KaeLyn’s Korner Kitchen has some nutritarian advice too, especially about how to balance macro-nutrients and avoid sugar.  Here is a free recipe for split pea soup and salad from my cookbook.
Lord, bless me to rest in you and trust what you do in my life. Bless my readers to do the same.
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.
KaeLyn Morrill

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