So far, so good this first two days of the week. I even managed not to stuff my face while cleaning the kitchen last evening. How many times do I have to do that in a row to make it a habit? I forget. It must be ten or fourteen.
Had a double-whammy day on the body. My acupuncturist and chiropractor work in tandem sometimes. The acupuncturist does her thing and gets my body ready for adjustment. Works really well. They are trying to get my chronic neck and shoulder pain under control before golfing season. I think I only played 6 rounds last year because of it. I have degenerating cervical disks. And then the chiropractor (she’s a new one to me) found four ribs out of place. Especially the first ones on each side. It’s amazing how things are changing as they work their wonders. Sometimes my body complains because of the changes. I even had to get a different pillow because of neck changes. And I had been using a top-of-the-line Tempur-pedic pillow. But it quit doing its thing and now I’m on a down pillow with a neck bolster.
Looks like leftover lamb and salad for dinner tonight. That will be after another marathon four-hour rehearsal. (Yawn).
This is one of those Sundays where I didn’t have anything planned that I really needed or wanted to do. So, naturally, I have been fairly productive. Got the Sunday paper read with my forbidden cup of coffee. Ate some leftover lamb. Had a good aerobic workout on the stationary recumbent bike. (I'm listening to a Robert Ludlum book-on-tape while on the bike. Makes the time go much faster). Had a banana. Then I tackled about seven months worth of filing that had been building up on my desk. That is one of those tasks I always put off till after the last minute. Now, I’m just hanging around with a cup of green tea waiting to watch the Superbowl with the family. I actually have it recording on Tivo, because the husband and daughter are taking advantage of a break in the rainy weather and are out riding their motorcycles.
I bought a splurge item to munch on during the game. Since cutting way back on grains and starches, I have missed the crunchiness of chips. Got a bag of vegetable chips. They are taro, sweet potato and parsnip chips – quite compliant except for the canola oil they are cooked in. I may even put a beer in the fridge to have along with them. I am very neutral on the game this year. It will be fun just to watch the hoopla.
I’ve been pondering something all day. I have been reading Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa, as Heidi has recommended several times. As a “B” blood type, I am supposed to use meditation and visualization as part of my lifestyle. This is the one area I have never delved into. I have thought about it, and maybe gone to a class or two, but never took meditation seriously.
Anyway, as I’ve been reading this book, the author gives lots of proof that proper breathing and certain breathing exercises will help to cure some diseases and lessen ones dependence on drugs for health. And I’m getting into all this. It makes sense. And I started practicing the first breathing lesson this morning.
Then, as I’m getting ready for the day, one of the songs we have been practicing in chorus keeps going through my head. It’s an old Peggy Lee song from 1946 called “It’s A Good Day”. I wish you could hear the song while it plays in my head – it would help you understand my ‘AHA!!’ moment here. Anyway, the song goes: “It’s a good day for paying your bills
And it’s a good day for curing your ills
So, take a deep breath, and throw away your pills
‘Cause it’s a good day from morning till night!”
So, do you see my ‘AHA’ moment? This stuff is universal and timeless. A deep breath will cure you. Even the pop lyric writers in the 1940’s knew about it. IT WAS NEVER A SECRET!! Maybe I just opened my third eye this morning.
Oh well. That’s enough thinking for me today. And it has been a Good Day!
I had a nice and relaxing day today. Didn’t really need to go into the store, so cruised in around 11:00am just to make sure everything was going okay. Had lunch with a girlfriend. We always go to the same Thai restaurant and order the same thing. They make a lovely beef and vegetable dish and will spice it as hot as you like. I like this dish really hot. My friend and I usually spend the lunch hour blowing our drippy noses as we eat. Nothing like getting one’s sinuses drained!
Spent the afternoon with my daughter at a place called The Painted Plate. They have unfinished ceramic dishes and assorted knickknacks for painting. They provide the brushes and paints and other tools for making designs on the items. They then fire the dishes in their kilns and they turn out so nice! My daughter is trying to outfit herself with dishes for when she moves away into her own place. I’m not much of an artist, but it sure is a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Sorry to have missed a few days. Just haven’t been able to sit at the computer long enough. It has been a great three days as far as diet and exercise go. I have had vegetable juice from my juicer. I have had a couple protein shakes (thanks for the flax oil suggestion Erika over there in the other corner!). I have eaten lamb, and sauted vegetables and beef and if I’ve eaten any avoids, it’s the handful of Toll House morsels I found in the cupboard left over from holiday baking. And yes, I ate them during that half-hour in the kitchen while doing the dishes!! I faithfully went to Pilates on Monday and today. And yesterday I did my aerobic activity and weight workout at home. Boy, do I ever feel full of myself!
I think I deserve a nice long soak in the tub tonight.