Refresh and Renew

“Life is so Daily”

Those four little words are so true, it seems a bit mundane for me! I prefer a re-write: Life is so Daily, so let’s change!

Purchased a mini version of a book I had years ago, The 28 Day Plan by Christine Green. I need to make some changes in my diet, get more exercise, and pay more attention to refreshing and renewing.

Happy Valentines Day – treat yourself and the ones you love

Be Healthy

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Fitbit for almost 60 year old Vegan

Yup, I bought a Fitbit and the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale!

I was fed up with a series of pedometers that worked minimally – the last one liked to reset randomly to ZERO. Unlike! So, then I purchased the Niki one that fits inside your shoe (although, I suddenly felt like Big Brother was tracking). I was somewhat excited and was telling my daughter who said, “Take it back and get a Fitbit!”. I am a techy freak and have to be careful about buying shiny cool things that I might lose interest, so had to really think about this purchase that was approx $100.00 for each item. Well duh, I bought them!!!!

I have had good success at losing a pound a week, but not good at getting exercise. So, the Fitbit has helped me add more steps & exercise this week. It also tracks sleep pattersn, so am learning that it take me quite some time to get to sleep, but don’t wake much during the night (2-7). It shows the sleep percentage, so I have improved that a bit, too. The BMI – normal, but I have too much fat and the scale reminds me every day. Not complaining – was a real wake up call!

If you need a great motivator – research the Fitbit. I am loving mine!! I promise to admit if or when it doesn’t satisfy.

Another Vegan’s Goals for 2012

2012 has arrived and that means I’m setting goals for this new glorious year.

Confession is good, right?!! Yes, I believe it is good. I began this blog to keep myself accountable for a diet I believed would improve my health, but I loved cheese and every time I would start previously I would fail. BECAUSE I LOVE CHEESE! I love the taste, the smell, the dense loveliness, the variety of flavors and the enhancement of foods…oh, it goes on. The major problem with my love of cheese if that I am allergic to cow’s milk and soy. So, after a lifetime of cutting out milk, eggs, soy…I still ate cheese. I was encroaching on 60 and having gut pain; hence realized that cheese could be a major problem (and it really isn’t a major food group – cheese in itself).

Whew, thanks for letting me get that off my Vegan chest!! So, in a way I am a selfish Vegan because I want to be Vegan for the health benefits. I’ve been a partial vegetarian for over 20 years and a vegetarian for 19 years. So, new chapter of being Vegan.

I feel wonderful, the gut pain is gone, and I believe this is the optimum way of life for me. I’ve spent those past years studying the work and research of Neal Barnard, M.D., John McDougall, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, Andrew Weil, M.D. and the Seventh Day Adventist Church (no, I am not a member – just a fan of their way of life). I love the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart plan and am currently enrolled in another of their kickstarts – new learning each time.

 

Now those goals:

1. Get a picture and more stuff on my About Me tab – I don’t want to be anonymous anymore.

2. Develop my Top Ten Fave Recipes.

     (It’s a process – pictures to follow)

3.  Find the balance between blogging and exercising – I need to exercise more.

 

 

 My goals ended on 3 for now – may be more later i.e.: travel more and worry less