Sunday, September 22, 2019

Woot ... finally FALL!!

I can't believe that my favorite season has finally started! Leaves and acorns have been falling from the trees for about a month now, but this will increase in earnest over the next month. I love walking through the park while the leaves are falling and I definitely love the nip in the air that is beginning to show up a few mornings a week! I'll be spending a little time today dressing up our home in its fall finest!

Last week wasn't a great one. I fell forward while running on a trail and messed up my right hand, dislocating the first joint of the middle finger and abrading the palm of same hand. It's messed with my crochet time and I don't like that at all - LOL! I decided last minute to crochet a wedding gift for a friend's daughter and so am working as fast as I can to get it done so I can give it to her before her October 5th wedding. Of course, this also means that I have had to put aside other projects which I had planned. Oh well, it's all good as I will just catch up on those projects once this blanket is complete. I did manage to make the 2nd square for my Wrapped in Jamie blanket last week before I fell. Can you see the snakes?

I'm changing the way I structure my day. I am not getting things done the way I should and I'm not paying attention to my health either. So, I am allotting my morning time to house cleaning, exercise, errands, and other hobbies. ONLY after lunch, can I sit down to crochet. I am a research paper away from becoming a certified aromatherapist. However, it has been YEARS since I began my studies, so I am going to go back and review all of that information before I start my paper. But I want to finish these studies in 2020, so will start reviewing now.

I am a huge proponent of low-carb eating, including keto (see all of my favorite books here). I have lost weight and changed my lab values through ketogenic eating. However, I fell off the bandwagon about 10 months ago and have gained about 5 lbs back. It's not a lot, but it is the upper limit of where I want to be as I'm already "overweight" according to all of the charts. My GP says I'm ok as long as my lab values are good, but some of them weren't in range last time. I've been looking into a whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) way of eating and am very intrigued. I really missed fruits and veggies on the low-carb diet. So, I am looking to combine lower carb with WFPB adding in salmon and eggs for extra protein. I think I have it figured out and will be using this printable food diary to help me keep track of what I am eating. I am going to pretty much eat the same thing daily for breakfast and lunch to keep things easy at first. I hope I can find that fine line between low-carb and WFPB that keeps weight off and nutrition levels high.

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My crochet plans for this week include finishing the wedding gift blanket, completing square #3 in the Wrapped in Jamie CAL and starting the sweater I am testing for a designer. I am also going to set up a cleaning routine and work on my food diary, fine tuning what I am eating and get back to the gym two days this week. I can't lift weights with my injured finger, but I can get in some treadmill time! I also hope to share a list of books that are good for eating WFPB in case anyone else is interested in that way of eating.

Enjoy the first full week of fall (or spring if you are on the other side of the world!) ... the change of seasons is a great time to make some positive changes in your life, so give it some thought this week!

.... Kris

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