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Resolutions for 2014

I am ashamed to have to admit I have five half finished books. This is not good. Must work harder. 

1. Finish one book off every month. This is possible. 

2. Work on house renos. With daylight increasing I should be able to get stuff finished. Artificial light means I miss bits. Sigh. 

3. Work on weight loss. I have lost 14lbs but then I hit a plateau. Nothing gained back, which is good, but I need to be more active. This means using the treadmill. I can do this. 

4. Work on a better way to promo my books. 

5.Start working on artwork again. Maybe I haven’t got the fine control I once enjoyed, but I can still gain joy out of this hobby. 

6. Get my act together and get moving on the quilting projects I have planned. I have the materials, so there is no excuse. 

7. Plant seeds for the growing season to come. I can’t do much, as I don’t have the space, but I can get the early starters going. Maybe I will have another Claude, the petunia this year?

8. Get out to do the yardwork very early in the morning before the new neighbors, the ‘mumbles’ are out and about. I really don’t need my creativity mangled by the site of a seventy year old woman in a crop top and low cut shorts. Shudders. I wouldn’t wear anything like that in public view. 

9. Get some quality time in with my little grandson. He is such a good baby and he is growing so fast. 

Now I am committed. 

Health options

Another little poppet I have discovered is that pasteurised cow’s milk promotes mucus. My asthma has been so much better since I cut this out of my diet.  Coconut Silk is an excellent substitute for a creamer in my coffee. I don’t miss milk in the slightest.

On another note, I have substituted organic coconut sugar for cane sugar.  This is so much sweeter than cane sugar, with minuscule calories. It is also a million times healthier than artificial sweeteners, which invariably mean aspartame; originally an ant poison and a very effective one, too. Think carefully about what you put into your system and the effects it might have.

I have hit a plateau in my weight loss program. I am down 14lbs since I started my new regime and that has now remained steady to my chagrin. The weather is not with me, but this is no excuse as I have a treadmill in the basement. I am a slug. I need to exercise more, but my arthritic knees are not getting with the program in winter.  This comes down to an old, work related injury I was silly enough not to claim against the WCB at the time. Anyone reading this, don’t make my mistake. It will come back to bite you.

What I have found out is my eating choices were spot on. I cheated over xmas with dairy products and with complex manufactured carbohydrates. For every action, there is a reaction. I spent most of yesterday popping pain killers. No, my cheating was not worth the immediate consequences. No, I did not have fun. Yes, I found out all over again why these food groups are not a good idea for me. I had been craving these things but I doubt I will ever crave the again. Lesson learned.

Mmm, my food choices seem to be right.

Hollywood stars, or would be stars are now embracing the Atkins diet. This is welcome news to me as I am on modified Atkins regime. Gone are all processed foods. No bread, pasta, rice, or cereal. No tinned stuff. No milk, which is substituted by coconut Silk. I am losing weight and various health problems have disappeared.

I came across this little gem tonight. Makes a person think, aye? http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12214-8-foods-even-the-experts-won-t-eat.html

I would point out that Canadian cattle are grass fed, not grain fed. The difference in flavor is very easy to discern, if we are foolish enough to shop at Walmart for meat products. (All their stuff comes from the States.)

In other news, the countdown for the release of Shadow Over Avalon is ongoing. Only fifteen more days before it goes live. I am so excited. Now, do you want a freebie? My publishers, Kristell Ink, have released Darkpire reaches for a very limited time as a free ebook on all platforms. This offer may not be repeated. Go get your copy now.

Another great diet item on my menu.

This is mine. On a bed of fresh and well washed raw spinach leaves, put cooked beetroot cubes, diced, hard-boiled egg, walnuts and diced apples, previously soaked in fresh lemon juice. Serve with a raspberry vinaigrette. The flavor explosion is something else. This is a low cost meal that give a wealth of protein, fibre and a load of essential minerals.

Getting with the program

Some of you may know my youngest daughter is getting married in a couple of months. I need to slim down and for me, this isn’t easy. Oh ho, you cry, she eats too much, she snacks and munches and nibbles. Um no, I don’t and I am not in denial about this, I just don’t. Oh, and I don’t actually like chocholate or other candy, never eat cookies, very rarely have dessert, (maybe three of four times a year), do not buy packets of chips, let alone eat them and can’t physically eat a large meal. I am hypothyroid, which means my metabolism is really, really slow, hence the weight gain, which I counter with increasingly smaller amounts of food ingested.

The advice is to have five small meals a day. This works for the morning as I rise early and start off with museli sweetened with berries. I have also just found another cereal, some sort of granola that I mix with almonds for a brunch.  After midday I might have half a sandwich, or a bowl of soup and then the problem starts as I usually skip anything else. Pop? I am aware diet sodas contain aspertame, so stay well clear of them. (This is supposed to increase weight gain more than pops sweetened with sugar as it messes with the pancreas.) Maybe three of four times a week I will have Canada Dry mixed with cranberry juice. The alternate is unsweetend grapefruit jucie, which I love and bottled water. I always have bottled water handy. Coffee? About a pot a day and only in the mornings. And yes, a couple of beers in the evening.

So, what is with this diet? The dh has seen it work with people he knows. When I look down the list of dos and don’ts I have a sinking feeling as I must raise my hand in guilt. I do love vegetables from the cabbage family, along with horseradish, peanuts, peaches, mustard and cofffee. These must be drastically cut down. I see I don’t eat enough seafood, but I will not start eating sushi, or Nori Rolls. Stroll on. The rest is doable. Another thing on the list from the friends of the dh was almonds. I don’t know why this is so, but I like them and this is not a chore.

I guess I will see how this goes as it is not a stupid diet, or a mentally taxing one, just a commonsense alteration in a few areas.  Now to take some selenium, zinc and iron suppliments and then try to get on with some house painting as I would like to be pulling weeds from my yard this afternoon. (In reallity, I shall probably blast the weeds with Round-up. LOL.