Tag Archive | Productivity

So far so good.

So the steroids seem to be working but the best part is that I haven’t had to take any of the antacid meds that my doctor gave me as well.  So far my daily routine is to drink a glass of cranberry/pomegranate juice mixed with some RepairVite and a tbsp of apple cider vinegar.  I drink that along with my bone broth and eat some sort of protein.  Be it left over hamburgers or chicken.  Then I take my 6 Prednisone and wash it down with a banana.  That all seems to be doing the trick!

Last night I felt great! For the first time in like 3 weeks.  I was actually able to get a bunch of work down around the house after I came home from a meeting.  In fact I wasn’t even sure if I was even going to make it to the meeting! I didn’t think I would be able to stay sitting for the couple of hours I needed to.  But in the end I felt pretty ok, and even was up for going to the grocery store.  Which was great because I was so behind on it.  It just isn’t the same having to send your husband out to get the things you know you need but he doesn’t know what brands and stuff, you know?

Maybe it was some of that euphoria that is a side effect of the steroids, who knows but I was able to do a load of laundry, clean the kitchen  load the dishwasher and mop up parts of the kitchen floor (well just with a rag and my foot) and then I still did my stretches and exercises for the day.  I may not have gone to bed until 1am, but it just felt so good to DO something for a change.

This afternoon I have a friend of mine coming over to help watch my daughter.  I think I’m going to take the time to head out to the gym where they have a hot tub and heated pool.  I would just do it here, but I’m locked out the pool area for the next couple of days.  Long story.  And I really felt like the water was helping.

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My new normal

Ok so my back has been KILLING me over the last few weeks.  I’m pretty sure it all started when I went to some retreat with the women from my church.  It was a great experience and all but I realized then that my back is just not cut out for bad bunk beds, hikes, and sitting indian style.  From that weekend onwards there’s always been a bit of pain that I couldn’t seem to shift.  And then WHAM!  One day after seeing my chiropractor it all just gave out and I had to drive my car the 15 min it takes to get home in extreme pain and agony.  Like deep moaning during labor pain.

Well today while I was still in pain and basically can do nothing but lay in bed I realized that actually I’m doing SO MUCH MORE than just laying in bed.  I’m laying there having a complete pity party on myself when my husband stops me and says “What do you call all that downstairs cooking? Because I don’t call that nothing”  And then I realized in spite of all my pain I still managed to cook a beef heart stew, make chicken broth and render down the fat from the heart to get some tallow.  Not to mention I still took the time to soak oatmeal for tomorrow and make more homemade coconut milk kefir…WHAT?!

When did this happen that whipping up a stew with organ meat is so normal to me now that whilst doing it I felt like I was doing nothing!  I mean even just a year ago I swear putting in a Stouffer’s lasagna in the oven was hard work.  Wow I really need to get off my own back and realize the progress I’ve made over the last few years.  So what that the house is a mess?  So what if my daughter is maybe watching one too many Elmo’s since I can’t play with her.  I’m in a season in my life right now where I just have to survive.  And again if I’m surviving off home made organ meats, broth and tallow then I think life is going to be alright.

Just say no

hotchocolatemousseSo after getting back my daughter and I went to Whole Foods grocery store to get some healthy food in the house because obviously we came home to an empty house.  Usually we eat lunch there when I take her shopping so it was no big deal, but then I went past the bakery section. Mmmmmm.  I asked the lady if there were any gluten free treats behind the counter.  That was probably my first real mistake, I just shouldn’t have asked at all.

There were no cakey type gluten free treats but there was this delicious looking chocolate mousse in a cute chocolate made mug.  It was called a “hot chocolate” dessert.  So I said YES! We’ll take it! And let me tell you, it was amazing.  But here I was just home from spending a whole week with my family being so super good at not eating any sugar or dairy, and I wound up eating both at the same time upon coming home and at Whole Foods of all places!

I suppose it just shows you that even health food stores can get you at your weakest moments.

Our first paleo thanksgiving dinner

I just had the most amazing Thanksgiving dinner.  I can’t believe I actually managed to keep myself entirely Paleo the whole time. Nope, not even once did stuffing or biscuits touch these lips!  God is just so good!  I’m so excited that he gave me so much strength and willpower on a day I wasn’t sure I would be able to handle it.  We even managed to convince my dad, who has prepared the turkey the same way for over 20 years, NOT to stuff it with regular stove top stuffing this year and just to stuff it with veg so that there would be no cross contamination.  Let me tell you, it’s only by the grace of God that man could change his mind, lol.

I did winThanksgivingd up doing a lot of cooking.  I suppose I had to if I wanted to eat the way I wanted to.  But it was nice because other than my husband and daughter who naturally eat the same way.  My mother and sister both are trying to eat better so it felt good to be cooking for them as well.

And though I didn’t particularly like everything I cooked, it all seemed to get a good reception.  The bacon and sweet potato biscuits seemed to be a huge hit with the kids, and the garlic mashed cauliflower was a success.  My mom really enjoyed those.  I did end up having some regular mashed potatoes as well but we convinced my brother to make some without the milk and butter only so that we could enjoy them.  (My sister with her MS need to stay away from milk as well)

We made so much food though it lasted nearly 5 days later.  The thing is, in the past all that food would have just gotten eaten up by at least the next morning.  We’re a big family, and I don’t mean in numbers.  So what was amazing was seeing the way God was shaping and changing all of us.  (Well really only some of us, my brother is dangerously huge now)  We just didn’t need to eat the amount of food we had in the past. I can’t wait to see what next year brings, and just how much healthier we each can be.  I know for me personally it’s a goal to be 100lbs lighter and hopefully pregnant by this time next year.  But it’s all in God’s timing and I’m happy to go along for the ride.

It feels good to be productive.

I’ve had a great and productive day so far.  Not only did I get to sleep in. (I call that productive!) Once I got up I have been practically non stop in the kitchen. Firstly I needed to make something for dinner, and since I had left over home-made mayo and some chicken pieces from a roasted chicken earlier in the week I thought I’d make some chicken salad.  But then I remembered that I needed to make kombucha so I started boiling some water, whilst making the chicken salad in my food processor. Then I remembered that I had some beef bones defrosting in the fridge that I needed to make broth with so I grabbed those out.  I had no idea what to do though so then I had to go and google it!  So yes this is my first time ever making beef bone broth, I’m a little nervous.

So I popped the bones in the oven (apparently this needs to be done FIRST) went back to chopping celery for my chicken salad and remembered I didn’t do my daughter’s kefir the night before like I usually do so I had to do that! I had thought about using all my extra kefir grains to make water kefir, so I googled that a bit.  Then realized it was just too much for today so I threw them back in some milk and back in the fridge. (the extra ones, the normal ones went back to making kefir, so easy!)

So back to the chicken salad! I finally finished it, but realized I had made it very runny since I was trying to use up the mayo. And also that I had enough to split it between two meals.  So I popped some eggs in some boiling water and finally went to go eat my lunch.  I figured I’ll bulk out the other half of the chicken salad with some eggs, yum yum!

So then since I was already super kitcheny, I decided to make my husbands egg muffins for the work week today before I forget like I did last week (and the week before, oops)  So that resulted in needing to boil some sweet potatoes (in the same water as the eggs, super efficient!) and placing the salami in the muffin pan to form a cup then mixing it all together.  It’s baking in the oven as I type. 🙂

After that I finally bottled up the already brewed kombucha.  I got a couple new bottles for brewing so I’m excited to see how it turns out.  Then I threw in the tea with the scoby, placed it back on the fridge and looked around at how much mess I had just made.  My poor hubby had just cleaned the whole kitchen that morning.  I was going to clean it up, but really, a girls gotta stop somewhere.

How much TV is too much?

We have Netflix and no cable, which sounds like a great idea.  Less TV to watch!  That is until you get sucked into a show that you’re 4 seasons behind on.  It’s like reading a really good book before going to bed or trying to get anything productive done, you can’t help but turn the page. It’s the same, for me at least, when I’m watching a whole series because I have every episode available to me right then and there.  I think it’s actually better to not be able to get the next episode for another week.  I sometimes with I could read a book that way.  Just have someone send me a chapter a night so I HAVE to go to bed and I’m not up until 2am finishing a book I started just 2 days ago.

Wait what was my point?  Oh yea, so how much is too much?  I think the purists would say any TV is too much! But meh, I’m still human and I still enjoy being entertained, so we’re keeping the TV for now.  But getting nothing done around the house during nap time (2 hours of tv) and then staying up past when you husband goes to bed to watch more of the same show (2-3 hours) is just insane. But that was the cycle I was getting into over the last few weeks.

So my goal for this week and then hopefully the ones to follow is to watch only 1 show a day.  Most likely during nap time and when I’m eating my lunch.  I don’t have a problem eating in front of the TV.  I find I enjoy my food just fine, if not better because I’m relaxed, I’m sitting down and I’m just enjoying myself. At night I may play a bit of Mario on the Wii. Yes it’s sill on the TV but it’s not mind numbing, I actually have to use my brain.  I also know it’s not what I want to be doing every night (sewing, scrap booking and  bible study are just a small list of my perfect life scenarios) but I’m not perfect and it might take me a while to get to partially perfect.  So until then I’ll work on ways to break my habits.   And in that case I’ve always found slow and steady wins the race.

How about you?  Do you find it difficult to pull yourself away from the TV and get stuff done?