Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wellness Wednesday #25

Happy Wednesday Everyone! This is late because my son has been pretty sick with a fever and quite miserable. I also had my first therapy appointment for my left hip bursitis. Let me tell you that deep tissue massage was more painful than my labor pains! That is mostly because of how tight and inflamed it is. However, after the ultrasound therapy it all felt wonderful and I don't think it's my imagination that my hip is feeling more mobile! I go back again next Wednesday and maybe a couple times more. At the same time I will be continuing my stretching exercises at home and hopefully I can avoid getting a cortisone shot. I have been given the okay to walk as long as I am not in pain, so I am considering starting that up with the kids again. This will help my health tremendously.

My weight is the same, which I guess is better than going up. I am not going to dwell on it, but I am not going to let it slip up further. I feel that I am beginning to have a better adjusted emotional pattern related to my weight and my eating and that in itself is a HUGE praise. Really, that adjustment in feelings and response is key to continued success, not only in weight but in my overall mental health. Since I have been overly stressed lately, it is also good that I have not gone overboard in eating.

One thing I find very difficult and I am now convinced that there are some physically addictive properties to sugar and what I call "chemical foods". For instance, while eating our new way, I had not had cravings for anything "bad" in quite some time. In fact the idea of eating those things was yucky. But while on our trip, we had restaurant meals and some candy bars. That's all it took and then I wanted more candy bars. I wanted anything sweet. But when I ate it, it really did not taste good too me. Some tasted good initially but after swallowing it was kind of a yucky chemical taste that stayed in my mouth. So, the next step for me will be in training myself to not go there in the first place! Fortunately Hubby has noticed this too.

But, do you know what is amazing? I have not used my white processed sugar, my brown processed sugar or my white all purpose flour since December! As a matter of fact, I am in the process of rearranging our kitchen to reflect some of the changes in our lifestyle that we have made, making it more efficient for the items I use daily and getting rid of many things. I still have a little all purpose flour left. I put it in a jar and put it in the cupboard that stores a few 5 gallon food storage buckets of grain and other things that I do not need ready access for and I think the white sugar is headed to the same place! If you had told me this six months ago, I would have probably thought, "Yeah, that sounds nice, but it isn't going to happen!"

I am not saying all this to brag, but to encourage those of you who think it might not be possible. You never know until you try.

Now that I am getting a rhythm down in my bread making, I have decided to branch out and try a few other things. Last week I mentioned bagels. Well yesterday, I did this. It was so satisfying to make something that I did NOT have to buy!

I apologize for not having much very exciting lately to post on Wellness Wednesdays. Mostly I just keep hanging on but it is better. I do love hearing from you. How are the rest of you doing?

And I will close with sharing a link to a new friend I "met" online who has similar interests and you might enjoy a look at her farm. Also, she sells the DLX mixer I have as well as I believe the Bosch and grain mills. Please visit Amazing Grace Farm.


Elizabeth Joy said...

I'm still cheering for you! I think getting rid of the white flour and sugars are a huge thing! And yes, those "chemical foods" don't taste as good anymore! Oh you are getting it! I'm so proud of you! Keep eating those whole, natural, nutritious foods! Your body will thank you so much. Don't be discouraged if the weight is coming off right now. Just go eat another delicious bowl of salad with some dark, fresh, yummy greens.

Lynette said...

The donut I had a couple of weeks back was just okay! My downfall is coffee. I found one I can tolerate, which means I drink more cuz I have no self-control!

Lynette said...

I forgot to mention, I am craving grains now. I don't think I will every crave fruit or vegetables except for the fresh baby spinach I am hooked on.

Holly said...

You are doing so well, Theresa! Keep it up-you are on the right track :~)