Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day 17

"Clear your mind of CAN'T"

Today has been another bitch. Had to do a bunch of bookwork (yes, again). I really don't know how I got myself into doing bookwork for my Mom, my youngest son (who also farms and has a baling operation) and us. My dad was an accountant but it is kind of a joke in my family that numbers and I hate each other. I can NOT remember numbers to save my life. I can look at it, and poof! it's gone! If I don't write it down, I lose them in the ether.

Made myself a poached egg and warmed up one of my "buttermilk" biscuits to have instead of toast and sat down the way I'm supposed to when I ate breakfast. Then it all went downhill. I worked in my office (home office) until almost 3 p.m. only getting up to pee and get more water. So I wasn't having lunch until late and then didn't really feel like eating much so just nibbled on some carrots.

By suppertime I was fairly hungry. I made a batch of paleo fudge and put it in the frig and was anticipating it to the point that when I finally broke down and tried a piece before supper, I couldn't even handle a bite. BLECH. Next time I put something in it for sweetening. I can get by with banana muffins and a lot of other things without sugar, but chocolate? No. I have to have some tinge of sweetness. They are still in the frig, but they'll be going out tomorrow. That solves my question of whether I'd like the moo-less mousse more now that I'm on day 17 instead of when I made it on day 2 and couldn't stomach it. Lots of people said to wait and try it later on, but I'm fairly certain it isn't going to happen. Again, when the detox is over and I can put something (yet to be determined) in it to make it a little less bitter, then I think I'll have a hit on my hands.

Made hamburgers and I treated myself to a sweet potato and some green beans, since I was feeling particularily put upon. I know, don't reward yourself with food. Babysteps again, people. I'm getting there!

No change with the nose. Still running... maybe it really is a cold, although no fever. Time will tell.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 16

"Gratitude turns what we have into enough."

 Today has been a zoo. The realtor called and said the paperwork had come and we decided to meet at 2 o'clock at her office. I talked to mom and she thought she might be up to having her dog back. I packed up all her stuff and was heading to Mom's when the visiting nurse called to talk to me about the inhaler she is supposed to be using daily. Seems mom either isn't using it right or screwed something up because the 30 doses were pretty much gone. She did say mom's lungs sounded better and it seemed her oxygen level was up. We discussed a bit and I told the nurse that tomorrow was the day mom was to call the doctor and tell her if it was helping. If not, the doctor wasn't going to fill the perscription. I asked the nurse to call the doctor's office and explain the situation and let me know what they wanted to do. She called me back and said the doc wanted to fill the perscription, so I have that on my plate today as well.

Got to Mom's and she had just gotten back from lunch. Seemed very happy to see Maggie. Maggie seemed indifferent. Oh, well. The nurse also had suggested that Mom get one of the rails taken off her porch so she wouldn't have to walk Maggie when it was too cold, she could just let her out the slider. I explained we had talked about that before Mom moved in, but then Mom vetoed it at the last minute. Guess we'll try it again.

She was fussing about her TV needing adjustment and would she call someone to fix it. Hrm... I looked at it and changed the zoom and it was fine. Then she wanted me to look at her computer again. Can only seem to log into gmail about every third time. Every time I do it, it works perfectly. She keeps saying it is the machine. I think it is the Mom.

Went to realtor office and got all the paperwork signed and done. Ran to get mom medicine and a cable to tie the dog out with, then back to Mom's apartment. She had more boxes she'd emptied she wanted me to take as well as she wanted to look in some (clear) boxes she had on her shelves. Keeps humming about wanting to get rid of a set of shelves. Personally, I think she can use them but oh, well. I think I may have an idea to use one for an actual book - bookshelf then move the others over away from the furnace access. I also think I may take a folding table next time I go so she can set up her sewing machine until I get the laptop back to her. If she's having trouble with the desktop with Windows 7, I have no idea how she's going to handle Windows 8. I need to learn it first before I give it to her so I can answer questions "telepathically". LOL. I have a Mac.

Lastly, she wanted to go to the basement and see what was in her storage cage. I know she keeps her Christmas stuff there, and suitcases, and her one box with her Noah's ark collectables. Well, after Christmas my aunt had helped her pack all her things away. We start pulling stuff out of the cage (it is all put in there like a jigsaw puzzle) and find out the big plastic box on the bottom is empty! She'd bought a new, smaller box for her Christmas things while they were all out and she packed it all away without getting back into the big box and here it sat empty just taking up valuable space! Geez.

Home after dark, in one piece, and only cheated a little bit. Had a Subway club sandwich at noon on the road. I got it on wheat but that was the first grain I've had. Didn't even seem particularily wonderful... I'm sure a big ol' chocolate bar would have satisfied me more. At least it wasn't a horrible terrible no good slip. Back on the "horse" tomorrow. Interesting note: by the time I got home my nose was running like crazy. Wondering if it is just a fluke that it happened the day I ate bread? Or if it is just a cold and it happened to come on tonight. Guess we'll see if it goes into a full blown cold or goes away in a couple of days of eating right.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day 15

"You must learn a new way to THINK before you can master a new way to BE."

It is Monday and I'm tired. I think I have a busy week ahead. The closing is this week for mom's house and the realtor is to let me know when the paperwork comes so I can go sign it. I've still got Maggie and yesterday I took ALL the dogs to the groomer (5, count 'em, 5 of them!). Thank goodness Hubs went with so it wasn't horrible, but did I have a car full. When the groomer brought them back her car was even more full as she has a lot smaller car than I do! We certainly got some looks when we took them in.

We also had an appoinment in the afternoon with our banker to talk about the next year and setting up our cashflow. Ugh. I HATE that part of this job. HATE is not a strong enough word. Spent a lot of the morning figuring out what to take, then didn't take all I should have. Stress much? Yes.

I was "good" through it all. The banana muffins I made a couple of days ago have been a lifesaver. Just enough sweetness to satisfy. I have to break out and try some new recipes though or I'm going to get bored fast.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 14

"Every day that you wake up is another day to get it right."

I'm trying.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day 13

"Good habits are as addictive as Bad habits. but much more rewarding."

Today I've felt pretty good. Slept better last night which helped a lot. I took some Aleve before bed and adjusted the setting a bit and think it helped my back. Up once to take my puppy outside, but went right back to sleep when I got back to bed.

I felt energetic enough to get the treadmill out of mothballs and started walking. Didn't do much, just one lap (about 1/4 mile) but I don't want to overdo. I'm starting slow and going to keep on, just at a slow and steady pace. Gradually I'll increase the incline and/or the speed and time. Again, I'm trying to do baby steps.

Made some absolutely delicious paleo banana muffins. They were soooo good I even got a thumbs up from Hubs. Warm, with butter? Yum! Putting that one in the "keep" file.

Got around to updating my other blog. Can't believe I ignored it for so long. That's just not like me!!

Maybe one of these days I'll get to some of my other projects.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 12

"Han-gry (adj) A state of anger caused by lack of food, hunger causing a negative change in emotional state" 

So last night was a long one. I don't know if it is a side effect of the detox, but my mid-back is hurting like crazy, but only at night. We have a sleep number bed and I'm wondering if I need to make some adjustment to it. Between that waking me up last night I've been up and down several times during the night to pee (sorry, TMI?). There is a down side to drinking tons of water...

Today I did some errands. I returned the animal carrying crate I bought yesterday. It was too big. Funny, thing, though... yesterday I'd purchased the smaller one and put it in my car and then thought it was too small so went back in the store and exchanged it for the larger one. Guess I should have trusted my instinct in the first place.

Then I went to visit with the geek squad about my phone. He didn't even look at it. Told me if it was syncing with anything that maybe the time zone was off on one of those items (I sync with my MacBook and my iPad. Anyhow, when I got home I checked and they were both fine. Grrrr...
I got on the Apple website and their solution right off the top was to send it in. Well, hell. I don't really want to do that either.

Haven't eaten much today. Really wasn't hungry. Guess that's a good side effect? I even went to the bookstore after Best Buy and looked for cookbooks. Nothing. Then I went to the library and looked at cookbooks. Nothing. No books, and no spark of a craving. Guess that's all good?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Day 11

"People often say that inspiration doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar

Today has been up and down. Had to be up early to take daughter's dog and cat in for their dentals. They drop off early. Since I quit my job a year ago October, I don't really do early. I mean, I'm up at the butt-crack of dawn to let the dogs out, but then I go back to bed! (As do they, I might add.) When Hubs is in the field then I'm up a bit earlier, but generally not in full makeup and decent clothing and ready to meet the public.

Drop off completed, I came home and fixed myself a nice full breakfast. I even went so far as to make the "buttermilk" biscuit recipe in the 21 DSD program manual. It wasn't anything to write home about, but they didn't spread as bad as some other people who had posted pictures and they were better with the eggs and sausage than... just eggs and sausage. If I fry my eggs I want them to have a fluid yoke and I love to dunk my toast in said fluid yoke. Having to give up the breads (EVIL BREAD) I needed to have something with which to dunk! It worked... not toast, but close enough to get me by. I think when I reheat in the toaster it may have more of the texture of an english muffin (I hope).

After breakfast and thoroughly cleaning the kitchen (it was badly in need of it) I went to do some errands. Some of which was picking up a few specialty foods/items that I decided I needed after several days of this life change. (Notice I didn't say "diet"...)

Home again and waiting for the critters to be ready for pick up.

Got creative for supper. Made my usual beef stogonoff recipe only substituted the one non-compliant ingredient (flour) with arrowroot for thickening. I made the regular egg noodles for Hubs, but I warmed up some leftover spaghetti squash and used that for my "noodles". It was really good! I like the squash because it really doesn't have a strong flavor, but rather makes a base to use for other sauces. Daughter says she fries some up and uses cinnamon on it... haven't tried that yet, but it sounds delish!