15 January 2013

the power of iron

amazing. for the last couple of weeks, i have been hungry like crazy, snacking right from breakfast all day long and into the evening, even though i was taking my vitamins.

but i had run out of ferrous gluconate, so i was taking everything except that one.

yesterday, i finally got around to buying more ferrous gluconate. this morning, i took two.

i have not even thought about food since!

08 January 2013

not bad

didn't ride the bike this morning as the lock was frozen (again, augh, and it's not even that cold), but i did walk. here's what my planned intake for the day is looking like - pretty good i think!

07 January 2013

a little bit of progress

like every other lazy schmuck in the world, i'm taking new year's as the instigation to finish what i started, fitness-wise. here's what i've managed so far:

exercise: rode my bicycle to work for the first time in a month and a half! i looked a right clown, but i have to say knitting and cycling are two hobbies that go hand in hand. i wore a giant thick turtleneck sweater under my bright yellow coat, and a lovely laceweight cashmere/silk lace shawl that i knit over the holidays kept my ears and face warm and fit easily under my helmet.

food: in addition to the 4 meals worth of whole wheat macaroni with broccoli in the freezer, i now also have 5 dozen meatballs, along with extra-veggy spaghetti sauce (contains beets and carrots in addition to the usual tomatoes).

teeth: i got out of the habit of wearing my retainer when i was sick. bad bad bad. i am happy to report though that my teeth have not been shifting! had no problems getting the retainer in again. whew.

now, i just need to go take my vitamins and fish oil, and i'll be right on track.

04 January 2013

another new year, another set of resolutions

i do this every year, don't we all?

reaffirm all the goals we didn't meet last year, and try again.

"but this year is going to be different."

as usual, i fell off the good health wagon in december - a combination of the usual holiday indulgences, and being sick with a chest infection (and yes, back on inhalers! i never want to take - or need - an inhaler again!) so i couldn't ride my bicycle to work in the weather we've been having. and, i have a bad - and completely illogical - habit of not taking my vitamins when i'm sick. generally i don't want to eat much beyond toast when i'm ill, so i really need vitamins, but the idea of a whole pile of pills rattling around in an empty belly turns my stomach, so i get out of the habit. not good.


my real resolution for this year is to let go of the past, to put all of the things holding me back behind me, so that i can move forward. i still hold on to so much anger and sadness from losing my mother. i want to let go of the anger and instead focus on the good memories, let the unhappy ones fade into oblivion. and taking better care of my health is part of that, because i certainly notice that i am in a better mood generally when i'm taking my vitamins regularly (especially vitamin d, with these short days of winter). i feel better when i get exercise, when i take the time to meditate or do tai chi. i feel better when i eat right.

so last night i made a massive truckload of whole-wheat macaroni & cheese with broccoli, enough for 5 dinners. tomorrow i will do more cooking for the freezer, to ensure we are always well fed and getting our proper shares of protein, fibre, etc.

and this morning i took my vitamins!