Hair Cuts and Tracking Journals

Good morning! I hesitate to even blog since there is just not much to report. Work, eat, sleep, watch a show, play a game, do chores…

I DID go back to my hairdresser and get my hair cut again. While my hair really hadn’t grown out enough to get it much to this cut, it’s at least close. I told her of my dilemma, that I had been unhappy with it but then liked that I had to do very little to style it and then after a couple of weeks ended up loving it. So I told her she could cut it again, but maybe not quite as short. But here were the pics I showed her and she got it as close as she could, with my hair not having grown out enough to do the look totally – but it’s close. It’s just that she had to blow it dry and use a round brush for about 12 min of styling to get it as flat as this. Mine will look more feathered b/c I won’t be having time to blow dry and style it straight. But that is ok as I like a little curl when it starts to grow out.

I think she kept the duck tail in the back though. I told her I didn’t really care one way or the other. I think it is there though. I’ll have to look again this morning. Didn’t pay too much attention last night.

After I got my hair cut we had some errands to run (liquor store for wine and fondue for our French weekend with Don and Lisa) and also the grocery store for our ingredients. Cooking night is tonight after work. So we ate out yesterday at a Chinese restaurant. I’m thinking “why did we do that?” with the Corona virus. I know there are not many cases from here in the US, and that flights from China have been cancelled, but can’t those folks travel to other countries and fly in from there? Or do they turn their passports away? I hear they rotate people in and out of the Chinese restaurants to work so…..hopefully it’ll be ok.

I’m not sure what it is I’m beginning at or not needing to give up on. Maybe it’s my quest for RVing and Travel. lol. A dream in the back of my mind always. That is not really a “fortune” but advice. I guess they ran out of fortunes. lol

George’s “fortune” was that his kindness comes from inside. I said that is good to know, that the other stuff is just on the surface, lol lol lol lol. He didn’t laugh. He said “what other stuff”. I said “you know – the assholedness stuff”. lol I quickly followed with “oh you don’t act much like one anymore”. He said “gee thanks”. I said “no really that is a compliment”. Anyway, I was trying to be funny. But, maybe it didn’t come across. That’s ok. I often don’t laugh at his stuff either. It is true, we have had our moments.

So I looked for a template to begin tracking some things just for my own curiosity, health wise. I think I know the answers already but I’m going to do a health tracker (a study) on my self. It will entail food, supplements, sleep, pain, symptoms, weight, stomach issues, and yes even poop types, lol. I looked at several on line that I thought I may print out. But I ended up buying a little book on Amazon that will track 2 months at least. That will get me started. It was only $11.99 and will do. It seems the millennials create their own journals with lettering and fancy pen strokes and drawings, lol. I considered that but decided I didn’t want to create the wheel and didn’t have that much creative time.

I really do want to lose some more weight. I think not having the nuts and eliminating the popcorn will turn out to be a blessing in that. So there is some good to come out of this. But I miss my nuts terribly and the popcorn I haven’t really had a craving for, miraculously, but I will at some point.

I have had some pain this week and I was nervous that the diverticulitis issues were coming back but they did not. It would be horrible to have that happen on our foodie weekend. I will have to be careful and not over do it though and not stuff myself this weekend. I’ve added more fruit in the diet. We eat a lot of rice and potatoes and greens. I hope the diabetic issues do not flair over the white rice, white potatoes, and fruit. I’m hoping that by eating the fruits and veggies it will even out. I bought whole grain bread the other day trying to eat healthy. Bought a brand with no nuts or seeds but lo and behold – it had those little whole grain pods in there which were like seeds and I didn’t notice until after I’d already eaten one. So I don’t know what to do there about eating bread. I’m trying to cut it out for the most part and just eat crackers – as whole grain as I can get w/o nuts and seeds. I end up eating a lot of peanut butter b/c it is smooth. But I can’t eat that every day.

I bought apples and an orange at the store last night and also pineapple tidbits. Very high in sugar on that can of pineapple but at least it’s natural sugar.

I haven’t even opened up the last doc visit numbers. I figure what is the point. I heard it pretty much incorporates the last six months which had Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdaying and such – so it likely won’t be pretty. I guess I do need to look at it. Maybe the numbers will be going in the right direction. Maybe it will surprise me. Maybe it will be better. One day I’ll look. I just don’t want to be depressed. I’ve tried for so long and have been eating better but changing from 50 50 eating good/bad and 70/30 good/bad didn’t do a whole lot for me. Lost a bit of weight, some numbers got better, then the next time stayed the same – after putting so much effort toward it. So I just have to keep tweaking to find what works. Exercise helps when I can get that worked in. I’m sure. But THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY THAT I DO’s system has helped more than anything to at least keep me feeling good, energized, help maintain the weight loss, and keep muscles built up and mind fog gone and depression at bay. I just struggle with those shakes in the winter.

So it’s a struggle and I am going to try to get to the bottom of what works and what doesn’t work. I do know it’s more complicated though – it gets down into the micro-nutritional substances (or lack thereof) – or the chemistry, if you will, of what is inside that dish you just ate at Olive Garden – what oils, margarine or butter, or substances went in the making of that dish. I might not lose weight based on the fact that the chicken dish I just ate was sautéed in veggie oil, or the green beans I ate were soggy with margarine. It’s never simple. But I’m going to try and make some notes on all the things I go to for food and see how I feel after eating each and try to see some trends. Not the most controlled study ever – but if I eat spaghetti at home fixed the way I like it and with the style of pasta I like – do I bloat to kingdom come? Have pain the next day? Lose sleep that night? As we go about our normal patterns of eating, I will look for trigger points.

I have been seeing some pain in my arms in the last week despite the THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY I USE’S PRODUCTS, however sometimes I’ve not had the shakes as much and occasionally skip the night vitamins – so I’ve been trying to drink more and take my supplements and that seems to help. I’m not getting as much protein and that is the culprit I think.

I just don’t have a lot of anything interesting to report today. The coffee is good and no pics really of anything remotely interesting. I’m going back for more coffee here in a second.

We have warmer temps coming, although mixed with rain. And my trip with Katy is only 2 weeks away. A little nervous about being on a plane with a bunch a folks and going thru airports but it is what it is. I’m just glad to get some fun time with my girl, eating out and shopping. There is that eating out – I love cuisine and that makes it hard to try new things when you have to watch what you eat. But I’ll do my best to do my best.

Will spring ever get here? It’s just been dreary weather or cold. March is coming – and the winds of change will surely be blowing the cold away and the warm in. Just give us some pretty days Lord?

So glad it’s Friday! What all you all doing this weekend? Whatever it is, enjoy yourself. I’ll take pics of our wonderful time with friends.

Charcoal Bags, Cleanse Day and Inactive Statuses

Here’s a quick update. While at Mom’s Fri and Saturday I continued my throat clearing which has become quite the problem. My nose remains partially stuffy and I am always having to clear my throat. I don’t like to take anything as I don’t want to put all those chemicals in my body. So Mom suggested to put charcoal bags around me. She bought them for me. And I laid them around me in the office yesterday. It’s been raining so much it might be the moisture. I did not hardly clear my throat at all yesterday. I can’t imagine them working that fast. They are like little bean bags only they are charcoal bags. So I’ve put them all around. I will put some in my car also. See if you can spot them.

You can see a bit of mold by the window. I also need to buy some Clorox cleanup I guess to spray away that mold. Often this ledge gets wet as it leaks and gets damp under the paint. This will help. I know I’ll end up getting bleach on my clothes. Maybe I can do it on a Friday and wear old jeans and a t-shirt, lol. But I’m glad the cleaning of the throat continually subsided. If this doesn’t work I’ll have to take some meds. It’s not in my head but in the back of my nose and throat. Drives me bananas. I know there have been leaks (now fixed) down at the edge of my office so there could be mold up there. But this charcoal is supposed to help with that. It also clears odors, bacteria, as well as moisture. So the little bags are placed around me.

I did a cleanse day yesterday. I got as far into it as I could, but by 8 p.m. I was needing to eat. I had gone to Hobby Lobby after work and found a few things for the house – and thoroughly loved looking at all the things. They had everything with wall decor half off. And rugs were too. But I also did a lot of running around at home – ironing, putting up the decor I bought, wrapping gifts for this weekend, changing sheets on the bed, getting into my sports bra and out of it (took more energy than running a marathon), and so by the time I sat down I was needing some protein. So I ended up having some peanut butter and crackers. I never beat myself up though. I did great all day long and it felt good (not hunger) with the regimen options available – I even got to have bone broth and dark chocolate infused with green tea. It was awesome. But by day’s end I needed a little something.

You get to have up to 10 points on a cleanse day. I switched off the program at 8 p.m. though with the peanut butter and crackers. lol. I still feel like it did good. The goal is for a lower calorie day and that is what I had.

I got up this morning to upload my maintenance photos with THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY THAT I DO for my challenge. And my account said I was inactive b/c I had not bought 100 BV in the last 30 days. I beg to differ! I bought 103 BV b/w Feb 4 and Feb 8. So I will call them today and find out why they are not adding it up right. I specifically go in every weekend and make sure I’m not going inactive so I can get my $200 after my challenge. So I will call them today and find out what is up. I don’t want this to mess me up in getting my free product. I’ve been very careful to make sure I stay with the 100 w/in 30 days. But somehow they are off. I just went back to my order history and can prove it’s been 100. I ordered more today that I was going to order over the weekend. But I have some things running out and hopefully that will kick it back to active.

I did get pretty sleepy after that bone broth yesterday. I was cold most all day too which is typical of cleanse day as your liver is being detoxified. So I put my wool shawl on, had the hot bone broth with collagen and got so warm and comfy that I was about to nod off! lol. So I had to go get coffee from the break room.

Anyway, I was kinda moody last night I guess. George was asking me questions and was wondering if we needed to take two soups to the Irelands Saturday. I made a smirk w/o even thinking about it. I guess I was thinking two soups is not appropriate. As I began to think through it – he cut me off and said “no your face says it all”. I tried to explain but he was done I think, so I said “well you know my feelings better than me anyway, right? (lol) so I don’t need to explain”. He always likes to tell me how I feel, so I figure he must know. So why explain? He also wanted to watch something on TV but wasn’t really committal about what it would be and I wasn’t in the mood to make any decisions. I didn’t want to play a cross off game to decide or take 10 minutes to debate it so I just grabbed the control and began watching shows I wanted to watch. Now that I think through it – maybe it wasn’t me that was in a bad mood. I was just going about my day. And Roger says, I think I’ll just lay here while ya’ll decide to do whatever…..

And I guess I better go so I can knock this payroll out. It’s good to see the sky is lighter outside and good to see that it’s light when I leave work – now if we can just get the sun to shine. It’s mostly cloudy and gray all week – we are lucky to get in a sunny day. I appreciate it so much when we do. Now this summer will be all hot and dry and we’ll be wishing for gray and rain. That is the way it goes. The ebb and flow of life.

So it’s Testy Tuesday but maybe since I had my PB and Crackers last night, I won’t be Testy. I am going to be Testy with THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY THAT I DO if they don’t fix my Inactive status and wipe it from the record. We gonna have a talk. Let’s hope it goes well. If not I may not do these challenges anymore and just not worry about what I order when. I am ordering enough that it supports the program. But sometimes it matters as I’m about right at the border of it. So if I order something a week early it might make me get the free products as opposing to waiting til next week. So I always gage it and time it right. So they will need to fix this. It will bother me til it’s fixed. Yeah, I’m testy. Yep!

I’ll be doing a Strawberry shake here in a few. And I’ll have chicken salad for lunch. If I have time to get it made.

Take care!

Relaxing Sunday

So today at 4:30 a.m. I awoke, well rested and ready to get up and get the day started. I had a full night’s sleep and was shocked it was already 4:30. So I got up and had some quite time, made the coffee, got laundry started, took Maisy out and made their breakfast.

I did a devo this morning, reading in Romans.

Also I began reading (had to start over) the “We’re the Russo’s” kindle book on their RV adventures. I feel like I am right there with them. I think I made it 6 chapters in before the sun ever came up. I love my Adventures in Recliner Travels. They are always fun. lol. And non-expensive.

George got up about 6:30 – ish and I did more laundry and worked some in the house. I’ve been looking at my to do list and I either don’t want to do it or it’s something George has to do. But it’s been one of those days where I am not pushing to do much of anything.

I do need to do my maintenance photos for THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY THAT I DO this week but honestly I may wait til later. I have all week to post. My to do list is pretty piddly right now and I’m loving it. I still have to have a to do list though if not – I’ll never do these things until I just have to. But mostly now at 57 I really need a list to remember what all it was that I want or need to do. Here it is. Pretty laid back right now.

So it’s been a good time to read and watch shows and work on the house. I love this relaxed time period we’ve been in. I feel like I’ve needed it for a long time.

I’m sorry I’ve not had much of any pics to share lately. I’ll have plenty coming up soon. We’ve just not been up to a lot lately.

I am going to work on my photo transfer. And try to find out where my PSP files went to. They are supposed to be on the thumb drive that is plugged into the USB port on the back side of this iMac. But they are not showing. So I’m going to have to get on the laptop and see what the deal is. It may just be that those files will not show up on here, but the folder is not even showing. So many things to get used to.

I want to get out and take a lot of photos and I guess I’ll just mainly be doing photos instead of graphics anyway. But I’d still like to know those files are ok at least on my other computer (windows laptop). I can do a lot with Pixalator via the iMac with photos and want to integrate possibly to doing more Vlogging as time goes on and interesting times are there to for that. No one wants video of boring moments which plenty of my week involves at times, lol. But mainly I’m wanting to experiment so when we do travel I will know how to make some enjoyable videos. And I can integrate them with this blog which accepts YOUTube as the medium for video material.

I have subscribed to a lot of Tech YouTube videos and am grateful that such things exist for learning as others put themselves out there for us to learn and showing us how. You all know that I could have a total month of just being in the house and not ever getting bored right? I mean yeah, I’d probably want to venture out to eat or shop once or twice or get groceries – but I could HOLE myself up and be totally happy for quite a while with all that I want to do. Once I did everything on my list, read a few books, wrote a book or two or three, and played all the games, worked a few crosswords, cooked a few meals, watched a few shows, cleaned the house, washed every stitch of laundry, played with dogs, did Bible devos, shopped online, and planned my year out completely – I’d be ready to emerge! lol. I am so much of a geek. I love it. I have a smile on my face just thinking about all that.

And I’ve been missing John Grisham. I’m about ready to read another one of his books. So I am grateful to have had some downtime in the last few weeks.

I felt bad today that George was saying it would be hard to have the November dates off for our mountains of NC trip if we were going to Texas for Thanksgiving. I said “what?” He didn’t listen to me when I said that we would not be able to do this again next year (now this year). I told him several times. My immediate boss gave up on her PTO time to allow me to have it last year. I told her she could do it this year. And it was a bad time for me to take it anyway. It was a tough week for her. So I said we’d not do it this year. I told him that. We can go next spring or summer or maybe even next Thanksgiving – but I at least have to give my boss a chance to have it off. I also want to go rent a cabin this fall in Waynesville area since we are not going. I had been looking at Cabins out that way to see if we could get something between there and Asheville. I may look closer to Asheville. But anyway, I felt bad that he was developing plans to go back at Thanksgiving again. I would love to do that, but I’m trying to be fair and accommodating to the people that accommodated ME. He always thinks I don’t hear what he says. I don’t think he hears or intakes anything I say.

So I have cleanse day tomorrow, and I’m going to run an errand and do my maintenance photos for THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT COMPANY THAT I DO. Enough to keep me busy and try to keep me from eating. lol And on Thursday I have a hair cut and we are going out to eat and then to the store. And Friday night is a cooking night for our French weekend with our friends. I’m cooking a French potato dish.

The other nights are fairly free.

Not much else to tell. I am going to get off of here and work on my photo update here on the iMac. Need to move my photos to the iMac for the ones I want to save so I can delete them from my phone. I had a lot of them. But need to get some off so I have plenty of room for new pics for March and May trips.

Ya’ll have a good week. I will try to take more pics of things that happen during the week for the blog. Just have not been focused to do that. I know the blog is more interesting with photos.