looking for ideas – a literary agent? a publishing co? a graphic novel publisher? I have a piece called: IS THERE SEX AFTER SLEEP APNEA?

LOOKING FOR IDEAS – LITERARY AGENT, PUBLISHING HOUSE
Do you know a senior who has sleep apnea? Who was told to use a CPAP machine but who hates it?
I wrote a very funny piece: IS THERE SEX AFTER SLEEP APNEA? The piece deals head on with the feelings but it has an uplifting and uproarious conclusion. I found many ways to make your man (and you) feel romantic and sexy about the machine.
I am thinking GRAPHIC NOVEL for seniors. Any ideas?

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Diet alone or exercise alone will NOT do it!

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.

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EXERCISE is the determining factor

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?

HELP! I CAN’T DO TWO THINGS AT THE SAME 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. On Fri…

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!!!!

HALF a PLATE of WHAT?

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!

 

 

WE ALL HAVE OUR ESCAPE VALVES

When I was working, we would look at real estate every place we vacationed.  Now I realize that we were just trying to prolong the vacation by pretending to make it last forever.  I can no longer pretend anything anymore.  I will never be rich.  The way the stock market plummeted, I may never be able to eat.  But, I still have my escape valve.

Mine is having the 3 s’s:  A soup, salad, and smoothie stand.  I do not like cooking per se. But I really enjoy making soups and salads and I especially love making smoothies.  I start my day with a smoothie.  I use the Vega Protein Shake as its base.  Today, in honor of my fall birthday, we invented a new flavor- Sweet Potato.  Instead of making the flavor base a banana, we added a peeled roasted sweet potato.   We added plenty of cinnamon, almond milk, non fat plain Greek Yogurt, and blueberries.  It tasted like pumpkin pie.  It tasted healthy.  It tasted rich and it filled us up.

To Health!