Monthly Archives: January 2018

I think it’s finally happened

I think I have completely burned out on following politics.  COMPLETELY.

(p.s.  I loved that ‘burned out’ photo above.  LOL)

I am so fed up with the Dems in congress knuckling under to the GOP.  And do not even get me started on the GOP or Trump.

I’m tired of letting myself get all riled up by all of this all.  I’m 66, and I just want to leave all the angst and fighting to younger generations.  I just am tired of getting all worked up and yet just not having the gumption to do anything about it.

I’ve been off and on, several times over the past year, on Twitter, on news sites, etc.  I run hot and cold with my desire to be involved. 

but.I’m.just.done.

I’m cutting myself off from those daily, non-stop sources of incoming news/commentaries/crap.  If I’m really serious about improving my health, that includes mental health, and frankly with high blood pressure, mental health is totally intertwined with my physical health.

So I’m making the biggest effort I’ve attempted yet to just BAIL on the politics.  I know that’s a cop out, but it’s what I have to do.

On the plus side, that leaves me more time to visit your blogs more regularly.  I like the thought of that.  A lot.  🙂

Work-around for the commenting problem

I discovered those of you that use the comment pop-up window, my comments posted immediately.  So I changed my comment settings to that.  Hopefully that works better for all of you, too!

(it’s under ‘settings’, ‘comments’, and the first drop-down menu choice for ‘location.’)

Take that, Blogger!  neener neener!  🙂

p.s., down 2.8 lbs. in 2 days.  I love the fresh start to a dieting program.  LOL  (i.e., I know it’s always fast the first week, but that’s usually water bloat, and won’t last.)  (i.e.2, enjoy it while it lasts…)  🙂

Back to healthy eating for me

I need to lose weight.

I need to cut back on sweets and starches.

I’ve been hampered by the fact that starches are the most digestible thing for my body’s version of ulcerative colitis, but I have to push the envelope and get away from it.  The weight just isn’t healthy at my age or with my history of high blood pressure.

The buck stopped yesterday morning.  I ate perfectly yesterday, for the first time in probably over a year.

Here’s what I’m doing to change my diet.  I don’t use the term ‘dieting’ because that suggests short term.  This just can’t be short term anymore.  It has to be long term.  Perhaps as I get closer to my goal weight, I can loosen up once a week or so for a dessert, but not until then.

So, here’s the deal:

I eat lots of meat, first and foremost.  I am going to try and eat more veggies and fruits to a lesser degree.  Raw produce is hard for my UC, but I’m going to try and get at least a couple of salads in a week, and 1 serving of fruit per day, if I can tolerate it.  The rest of my veggies will be well steamed or baked.  1-2 servings of hard cheese a day.  (I can’t handle dairy other than hard cheese and a splash of organic half and half once a day in my decaf coffee.)  A small handful of nuts 1-2 times a day.  (4-6 nuts an afternoon will be one of my few allowed ‘snacks.’)  Back to the good habit of if I eat lunch out at work, I intermittent fast the rest of the day/have no dinner.  Plenty of water.

No chips.  No donuts or pastries.  No chocolate.  No desserts.  No more than 1 serving of starch, up to 4 servings per week.

That should do it.  And slowly starting to introduce exercise again; my favorite forms being dancing and level walking (meaning, if I do incline walking I have feet problems, but don’t seem to when I keep to level ground.)

Working my exercise up to at least 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week.  But right now still trying to regain my stamina from the jungle rot (still coughing, but not as bad as it has been.)

So that’s the game plan.  I’ve learned not to get much more specific than this on the blog, or it brings out the passionate devil’s advocates that love to put down other people’s plans if they don’t follow their own.  So no specifics on weight, no daily details on foods eaten, etc.  Just general summaries.

So if anyone wants to join me in trying to lose weight and/or eat better, let’s pump each other up!  We can do this!!!

to switch, or not to switch

I’m trying to be patient with Blogger, but they aren’t making it easy…

I’ve used both wordpress.com (and low end, free wordpress) and wordpress.org, (the must-have a host, a little more difficult to learn, but completely customizable version)….

I don’t like that with wordpress.com (at least)…the blogroll doesn’t sort by newest posts on top.  So you have to virtually check each one to keep up.  But I guess I could go back Feedly….  I dunno.

Thoughts?  Experiences with pros and cons?

Testing a new home

Well, for three days I want to post replies to comments on my Blogger site, but with a true 30 second delay each time I try, I am beyond frustrated.  I do NOT want to start another blog home, but I’ve tried everything possible to fix my dilemma, to no avail.  Just not sure what to do!

Blogger acting up

I am getting about a 30 second delay every time I try to reply to a comment.  I shut my pc down and restarted, but same thing.  3 days now.  It’s making it very difficult for me to want to comment, even here, you know?

Not sure what to do.  😦