It is about the stories behind the writing. Writing is just storytelling. You write . You put a book out there in the world. But I have learned that is not enough. You have to speak. You have to put yourself out there and tell your stories. You have to be the mouthpiece, the voice. People may or may not buy your book but they will turn out to hear you talk. And the audience has to be with you and you have to be one with them. It is magical when it goes well. You rise above yourself and the audience carries you. I used to be afraid to be a public speaker. I was a teacher. I have learned to drop the teachable moments and connect – not by trying, by just telling my story the way it is. Storytelling predated writing and it will last longer than writing. Storytelling is the way we connected, connect, and will always connect.
We were watching our diet. We increased our vegetable intake. We cut out the sugars and drastically reduced the carbs. But we both gained weight – me two pounds, my husband six pounds. The dietician was upset. She takes weight gain as her personal failure. We had cut down on the intensity and time of our exercise. It was cold and rainy and dreary. The stock market was in a nose dive. We were depressed. We slacked off.
We went back to the gym and after two days – we lost that weight gain. So, do we have a choice? We have to exercise AND watch our diet. This is a taxing almost full time job. On the other hand, we stopped eating out because we cannot control what we eat if we are not preparing it and so, we are managing to save $ 250 a month. Unfortunately, that does not come close to recouping what we have lost in our retirement funds.
Did I mention that in addition to dieting, the dietician stressed how important exercise is. In fact, the two weeks that we reduced our exercise to a bare minimum, my husband and I gained three pounds. We cannot afford that. So just hoping to lose three pounds, and eating healthy is just not enough. So, we are back to the gym, exercising 30-45 minutes at least five times a week.
Who can do this when they are working full time?
Our financial consultant told us that we MUST cut back. We need to look at all our spending and find what we can do WITHOUT. Our dietician told us we need to look at our food consumption and cut back. We need to eliminate more carbs.
So we need to account for all spending and all eating? SIMULTANEOUSLY? I lost 22 pounds a few years ago (and gained back seven) but I only concentrated on my food consumption. I rewarded myself by buying new clothes.
When we lived on a strict budget, I ate. I rewarded myself for controlling the money by eating carbs.
Now we have to do both at the same time. Even I am betting AGAINST on our success this time!
We saw the dietician on Thurs. and with her voice and instructions really fresh in our brains, we went immediately to the gym and exercised. Then we went directly to Whole Foods and shopped. That is when I bought EVERY vegetable I recognized.
On Friday my granddaughter came to spend the day as she was off and everyone else had work. It was pouring out. What does a grandmother and granddaughter do together on a rainy day? Of course, we baked! We made – and here is an inadvertent plug for Simple Mills Chocolate Cake and Muffin Mix. I am and have been gluten free these past five years. Of course I sent my granddaughter home with cupcakes for everyone. BUT…we kept four for ourselves. (Best gluten free product I have found to date.)
Sh!!!!! Please don’t tell our dietician. We did eat half a plate of cauliflower for dinner last night. We did have small portions of red lentil spaghetti (the Whole Foods 365 brand is gluten free and tastes really good). We did have baked salmon.
BUT, we DID have a chocolate muffin!!!!
I don’t know what you grew up eating. In my home, we had a meat or poultry, a baked potato, and frozen steamed veggies. Yeah, those veggies lacked something called flavor! So did the potato but we were able to doctor it. Come to think of it, so did the meat, before we discovered salt and pepper. Herbs? That was a name of a few uncles. We grew up with the food pyramid and we ate those 7 grains daily.
Well, now, in our later years, we are at the dietician (who is one step above the nutritionist and Medicare will pay). And this is what we have to eat – not just at dinner – but for every meal and snack: VEGETABLES!
My husband NEVER ate anything green before. This is RADICAL! When I told my daughter that we have to cut back on costs because of the stock market nose dive, she said that Vegan eating is cheaper. That would kill two birds with one stone – increase vegetable and cut down on money. Besides, if we shrink our stomachs, we will even eat LESS and thus, save even more money. BUT we have earned the right to be overweight! We have earned the right to feel full all day long! Haven’t we?
Well, I filled my shopping cart with all the vegetables I recognized. Here’s to vegetable soup following by HALF a plate of salad, followed by carrots for dessert!