Streaking Through Life

Dean Wesley Smith swears by the power of streaks. Here is his post on how to make streaks work for you. This morning I completed an eight day streak tracking what I eat and a 6-day streak getting out each morning to add steps. I’m working on my diet and exercise habits, which has been…

Physical and Mental Improvement

This month we’ve had two hikes, which is fantastic! I’ve been struggling with an ankle injury for almost two years. Last year around this time I could barely walk and couldn’t sleep well, so I went to a doctor and he diagnosed me with achilles tendinopathy, gave me a walking boot and a sleeping boot…

Dietary Update

October 4, I stepped on the scale and knew that I needed to take action to deal with my weight, which had been going up and was now higher than it had been in more than a decade. In fact, I don’t have records that go back far enough with a higher weight than my…

Tea, Art, and Writing

A quick update on what is going on in my life and what I’m drinking. Lately I’ve discovered August Uncommon Teas and they are quite good. My current favorite is Passage, which combines black tea, hazelnut and chocolate. Its overpowering flavor is chocolate. The hazelnut adds a creamy richness to the tea that is very…

Update Into the Pause

It feels like it has been forever since I last posted, but when I look it has been less than a week: a very packed week. As the whole world seems to hold its breath waiting on the results of the US election, I may as well step into the intake of breath and give…

Self-Acceptance

It’s been a longer delay than I intended, but a very good period for me. I’ve dropped weight and lowered my blood pressure in the two weeks since I’ve been working on this. Plus I have a lot more energy. I still have another five days before I’m no longer in classes every day. But…

Just Show Up

The dietary program has been intense, taking up about 12-14 hours a day, but I’ve still found time to write. Yesterday I wrote another chapter in the Chef Station Murder, which I’m quite pleased with. This brought a realization this morning. In the past, if I were pleased with something i’d written, I worried that…

Health Update

It’s been a few days since I’ve written anything and this is largely due to experiencing overwhelming fatigue. Since being so sick in February/March there have been times when I’m too fatigued to stay vertical and couldn’t think well enough to write. Fortunately the severe fatigue is rare and I’m lucky that I can afford…

Set Up For Health

I am in the pre-program start up phase of the dietary program I’m in. It includes bloodwork, preparing the kitchen, and other prep work. I received my lab tests this morning. Each year I fear that this will be the year they find diabetes or pre-diabetes. Each year when the bloodwork comes back with my…

The Un-Bacchanal

Today begins my journey to better health. I go for my blood tests this afternoon. On Friday morning I have my first meeting with the doctor who will guide me on this journey. Then October 16, I start twelve days of intensive learning and meetings with doctors via Telehealth, daily check-ins, and the beginning of…