365 Raw: Day 72 with “Heart”

Heart-HealthI’ve wondered for a while if I had some heart issues going on. Years ago when I was pregnant with the 13 year old, I was supposed to go in to see a cardiologist for some “fluttering” I had in my chest. I ended up canceling the appointment because I was put into the hospital for pre-term labor. Well, as you can see in my symptoms list below, chest pain became a regular occurrence in the last few years. It still happened from time to time after we switched to a vegan diet. I had plenty of the signs and symptoms of heart problems, but I just couldn’t bring myself to go to the doctor. I wasn’t sure I wanted to know. The most disturbing was when I would exercise (especially running). I would have intense shortness of breath and often felt like someone was sitting on my chest. This really inhibited my running performance, something that had come so easily when I was younger.

Well, I don’t know if it’s that my heart has improved or what, but I went for a two mile run yesterday… after having not run in almost two weeks. This isn’t something I’ve been able to do for a very, very long time. Taking that much time off would generally have me starting over with run/walk intervals. It amazes me how quickly my heart rate and breathing return to normal after exercise now. I no longer have chest pains or shortness of breath or that heavy feeling in my chest. Another surprise is that I still have extra weight on me, and yet I feel better conditioned than when I weighed far less than this. Hopefully, whatever was up with my heart is getting better and those issues are behind me.

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What I read: Deuteronomy 5-7

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2.5oz kale, 2.5oz spinach, 7oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 1 banana, a couple of grapes
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 banana, Two moms in the raw goji nut bar
  • Dinner – Two moms in the raw goji nut bar + Apple Juice 

What I did: TKD class (1.5 hrs) + 2 mile run

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 72:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 69 with “Freedom”

FreedomFlagPostcardThere’s a lot of discussion of late about our freedoms being taken away by our government. I personally believe we’re losing freedoms because we are ignorant about what our rights as US citizens really are. Because we don’t know our own Constitution, we fall for whatever a politician or judge tells us our rights are. We walk about supporting candidates that we don’t have a clue what they stand for simply because they have brown hair or a particular party affiliation or because they promise benefits that ultimately require more taxes. Wasn’t it wonderful to get to pay even more taxes after the first of the year? Not. The direction our nation is headed is truly unfortunate because so many died to bring the US into being, and many more have died defending her since.

Well, the song was wrong. You know, the one that says, “the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away”? Oh yes, “they” can and “they” will unless we stand up and defend our Constitution and the liberties it provides. There will always be someone willing and able take away our freedom, but there may not always be those who wish to defend it. I’ve been reading Ben Carson’s book, America the Beautiful. I tell you what, based on what I’ve read so far, I’d vote for him if he ran for any office. We need some common sense, non-political people in places of authority, because Lord knows we don’t have very many walking about in Washington or even in the state legislatures for that matter (nor have we for a while).

America may well turn around… or she may be overtaken. I really have no idea what the future holds. What I do know is that there is a kind of freedom that no man can take, and that’s our freedom in Christ. If the Lord has set me free, I am free indeed! I need not fear anything that man or evil can throw my way because God has made a way to freedom that is everlasting. So, I dare say, I will not put my trust in any politician or even my own abilities, but rather in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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What I read: Numbers 35-36

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2oz kale, 2oz spinach, 6oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Raw tomato Soup (added some guacamole to it)
  • PM Snack – raw pistachios, AJ

What I did: TKD (1 hr) + 1 hour in skates teaching preschoolers + lots of pushups

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 69:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 66 with “Grape Juice”

I had the opportunity to be a judge at a local speech tournament today. It was an absolute blast. The teens were highly talented and simply brilliant. It occurred to me while I was ranking them that we probably need more things like “rankings” to motivate kids today. The kids in this tournament were obviously shooting for first place. It was difficult not being able to give them all “first place”, but I think it’s good for kids to have to work for what they want. We had a segment of the evaluation form where we could explain why we gave them the ranking we did. We were told that the kids do take the comments and use them to better their performances. So, while I tried to include much praise for what they did well, I did offered suggestions for where their performance was lacking. Having competed in speech type events and got peer reviews in speech/theater class as a teen, I know how much I poured over my evaluation forms.

grape juice_0On my way out, one of the parents at the judge check-in asked what was in my water bottle. I told her it was grape juice (had a real hankering for concord grape juice today). She laughed and said it looked like Merlot to her. I jokingly swirled it around in the bottle and said, “My goodness, it does. Yes, well, you know, a little wine sometimes helps when listening to teenagers.” We continued to joke about filling out judging forms while tipsy (which of course I have never done). When I got out to the van, I remembered that I had dripped grape juice down the front of my sweater (my water bottle lid leaked) while in the judges lounge, and I wondered if she truly thought I had wine in that bottle. Goodness me… and it comes right back to perspective doesn’t it? Suddenly I was concerned that someone might think something about me that wasn’t true. I worried for a moment that they wouldn’t take my judgements seriously (will be judging the finals tomorrow); and oh my goodness, what kind of a lush would they take me for if they really thought I carried in a 32 ounce bottle of Merlot to judge a speech tournament! Deep breath. The drive home was so long due to traffic, and I thought about it the better part of that drive… until I felt God whisper to my spirit to let it go. He would protect my reputation against harmless misunderstandings if need be… silly child, God is bigger than grape juice 😉

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What I read: Numbers 28-30

What I ate:

What I did: Busy, busy day – was at a speech tournament all afternoon.

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 66:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 64 & 65 with “Perspective”

A change of perspectiveI’ve had a difficult time keeping perspective these last few days. My mind keeps wandering to junk foods (especially fatty), which is probably why I’ve had more nuts and avocado than usual. I’ve also found myself getting agitated by things. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had multiple aggravating things hit me at once, or if it’s because I’m dealing with PMS… or both. When I got home from co-op (and helped the kids finish shoveling the driveway, sidewalks and patio), I could think of nothing but trying to escape. So I went to the store to get a snack for myself and the kids. I was in line at the checkout behind a woman, I placed my few items and reusable bag on the conveyor belt with one of those dividing bar things; because I noticed a young lady behind me in a hoodie with two boxes of hair color. Since it was taking a bit for the woman’s items to be bagged, I stepped three feet to the side and pushed my basket into the corral. As I’m walking back to my spot, the girl in the hoodie says, “excuse me, ma’am, but I was in line.”  I looked at her like “huh?” and said, “um, that’s my stuff right there (pointing to the conveyor belt). I just walked over to put away my cart.” She rolled her eyes and said, “Ok, I guess I’ll let you go ahead of me.” The woman in front of me looked back at the girl like she was nuts and the cashier just kept scanning and smiled at me. The more I stood there, the more upset I got. It bothered me that anyone would think I would cut in line. Clearly, that girl’s perspective was skewed. From my perspective, she needed to pay better attention to what was going on around her. From hers, I was a jerk who thought my time more important than hers. Although she was wrong, it didn’t change that she saw it the way she did.

It made me wonder how often I have the wrong perspective in dealing with others. Did that man really cut me off in traffic the other day? And if so, what was his perspective of what took place? I was too tired to think of it any longer though. So, when I got home from the store, I plopped down on the sofa with two “nut bars” and a small bag of “energy bites”. Then I turned on Antiques Road Show. Yeah, I wanted to “escape”, but one thing was very different than my usual escape behavior. For starters, I didn’t turn on a stupid sitcom, and I didn’t grab a bag of chips or run through the drive-thru for french fries. I still ate raw, albeit, not the best raw choice, but it was raw. This isn’t to say that I didn’t want those, because I wanted them badly. Unfortunately, I still stuffed down those feelings to some extent. Rather than fully processing them, and seeking God’s Truth on the matter, I pushed it aside to be dealt with later.

Well, later came when I pulled out my drawing supplies. Earlier in the day, in my drawing class, I had my students work on a puzzle where they wouldn’t know what they were drawing until they had completed it. I didn’t even know what the image would be, and this was on purpose so I wouldn’t be tempted to answer their questions about it. Well, after realizing that my two kids (also in the class) couldn’t tell what it was when they reached the half-way point, I decided to give it a go. I began following the puzzle. I was more than half-way and was still thinking, “what on earth is this”. And then my fifteen year old son walks in, from standing a few feet away he says, “I think you have it upside down.” Sure enough, I turn it around and I could tell what it was. It had occurred to me in class that it might be rendered upside down, but I hadn’t thought of it again until that moment.

“Perspective,” I whispered to myself.

I love this song about “Perspectives” by Kutless. I do believe that freedom is just another perspective away. I wonder what could be accomplished if we allowed God to change our perspective to His viewpoint.

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What I read: Numbers 23-27

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – 64&65: Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • AM Snack – 64&65: 2 bananas
  • Lunch – 64&65: 9 oranges juiced
  • Afternoon Snack – 64: Two Moms in the Raw Gojiberry Nut bars + raw energy bites; 65: Date Rolls
  • Dinner – 64: Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries); 65: Leftover Spaghetti Bolognese
  • PM Snack – 65: 2 pickles

What I did: On my feet all morning at co-op + shoveled snow + TKD class (1.5 hrs)

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 64 & 65:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain
  • sensitive teeth

365 Raw: Day 62 with “Calories”

caloriesI really want to join the Banana Girl challenge for March, but they require calorie tracking. I don’t want to be a stumbling block for anyone there, as I do understand that, for most people doing this lifestyle, calorie tracking is essential. I won’t be tracking calories though. It reminds me of dieting. I become too obsessed with the numbers and will spend more time worrying about that than listening to my body’s cues. Not only that, I tend to gradually move toward restriction when counting calories.

I’ve thought about trying it again, but I’m pretty sure I would just end up right back where I’ve ended up every time before. They say that to continue doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. For me, calorie counting is insanity. I’m glad it works for others. I’m glad most people don’t have the hang-ups that I do about it. I’m also glad that I don’t have to track calories to succeed.

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What I read: Numbers 18-20

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • Lunch – 3 bananas, 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 3bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • PM Snack – dried strawberries & bananas, AJ

What I did: TKD class (55 min) + 1 hour in skates teaching preschoolers

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 62:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain

365 Raw: Day 61 with “Blizzard”

2013-02-24_14-11-29_409It’s been snowing all day (blizzard warning). In fact, we woke to several inches and elected to stay home from church this morning. I’m rather glad we did as it’s just kept piling up and the plows didn’t come through the neighborhood till quite late… pushing a foot and a half of snow to the end of our driveway.

We have some drifts in our yard that were 2-3 feet deep. We really need the precipitation… and I love snow, so I’m good with it. I just wish our vehicle was 4-wheel-drive. We did make it to the store mid-day, but it’s only about a mile and a half from our house. We did do some sliding about, but thankfully we were the only crazies on the road… and praise the Lord we didn’t get stuck. We decided not to venture out again.

The tomato soup tasted lovely on such a cold day. I ran it through the blender an extra time just to make it slightly warmer but not heating it to the point of harming the nutritional value. Yum.

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What I read: Numbers 16-17

What I ate:

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (6oz AJ, 6oz CW, 2 bananas, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz spinach, 6 oz strawberries)
  • Lunch – leftover raw tomato soup, last piece of “love bite” cake
  • Afternoon Snack – 8 oranges juiced
  • Dinner – Large veggie/fruit wrap (giant collard leaf, mango salsa, red bell pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, 1 mango, 2 cuties)
  • PM Snack – Kale chips

What I did: Shoveled snow – will probably get to do it again tomorrow morning.

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 61:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – still having bouts of fatigue, but not as bad
  • unable to sleep well
  • unquenchable thirst
  • cravings
  • chest pain
  • cold soreslast one 1/13/2013
  • kidney stones – eliminated when we went vegan Oct 2011
  • tooth pain

jeans, oh how I’ve missed you

jeans022013I’ve been doing this “raw thang” (811rv) for 60 days now… and to mark the milestone, I tried on a pair of jeans I haven’t been able to wear since before I stopped dieting 5 months ago. Right after I stopped dieting, I knew I gained a few pounds, but I could tell that I’d stopped gaining before I started doing raw.

Well, today I got the jeans on. No, I don’t consider them ready for public wearing yet, but soon! I took a photo of them laying on top of the jeans I’ve been wearing (left). The darker pair is “stretchy”, whereas the lighter, and smaller, pair really doesn’t give at all.

At my largest, the bigger pair was actually tight on me. That was back in January of 2009. Even though I grew back into them last year, they were never as tight as they were back in 2008/2009. Back then, I was painfully close to moving up another size (shudder). So, I know I didn’t regain all the weight I lost while on WW in 2009 (75 lbs).

The smaller pair of jeans pictured were purchased after losing 75 pounds. They were somewhat roomy on me then (would wear them when bloated and unable to wear the smaller ones lol). So, I know I will shrink even more than this.

Other articles of clothing that I’ve gotten into are my favorite PJ bottoms (wearing them in my birthday cake post), and my running tights/tops.

My hope is that those who have been skeptical of whether or not I’m losing weight… since I’m not weighing myself, will be convinced that my body is indeed changing. I really don’t know what I weigh, nor do I want to guess. For now, I’m just excited about the prospect of wearing my jeans again very soon.