This morning I woke at 6 AM. That may not be a big deal to some of you but it is to me. I use to spend my whole morning in bed. Walking to the bathroom was hard. Going into the kitchen, siting on a stool and making a piece of toast or a sandwich was difficult. But I can feel my life slowly changing.
Last Monday I ordered a Bountiful Basket. Bountiful Baskets is a non-profit food coop based out of Arizona that makes fresh fruits and vegetables available year round at a minimal cost. A friend told me about it a while back, and I was thrilled when they came to my area. You order on-line between Monday at noon to Midnight Tuesday, and on Saturday you go pick up your fresh produce that you ordered. It is $15, plus a one time fee (that varies from $3 to $6, depending where you are located) They are found in 16 states. You get 6 kinds of vegetables and 6 kinds of fruits. You don’t know what you are getting, so it’s a fun surprise, and an opportunity to try new things you may not have otherwise. You can read all about it in the above link, and see if they come to your town.
My friend Jenny came by this morning to get our baskets together. I drove and we stopped for coffee along the way. We left about 7:15. I have not been out and about on a Saturday morning like that in ages. It felt so good! I mean, really good! In the past Jenny has picked up my basket for me.But I wanted to go this time. I can tell I am really getting healthier. I know losing 100 pounds should be a huge life changer. But the reality is, I have a very long way to go yet, and, I really don’t feel that different. Not like you might think. I breathe, and sleep better. It does not hurt as bad to get out of bed. But I’m really starting to feel the big stuff. When I did shuffle myself around the house, I went from one chair or seat to another, with NO stopping! I sat on a stool with rollers and wheeled my way around my kitchen. from the stove to the fridge, I never just stood up and walked around my kitchen.
But it’s like a baby learning to walk, suddenly I’m up and moving around more. It’s beginning to be easier to get up and walk to the fridge if I need something instead of scooting my stool. You know how a baby starts walking and as long as they don’t think about it, they walk. That is whats happening to me. I get up and walk somewhere, or go get something and suddenly I realize I’m up and moving. Now these are little burst of changes I am seeing, probably things none else would notice, but I am changing! I have been out of the house every day last week. Grant it, sometimes I just drive to Starbucks for a cup of coffee, but I’m out. There were months that went by in my past that I did not go out of the house. I am kind of embarrassed admitting to this. But it is my truth, and like I say, shame only paralyzes us and keeps up from success.
I have a few friends who have gotten BB (Bountiful Baskets) and quit because the food goes to waste. We have all done it, purchased those healthy fruits and veggies at the store, because they look so pretty all shinny and lined up. We get it home, and it never gets used. It takes time to eat healthy. Washing those veggies, or taking the time to prepare and cook them is hard when you are working all day and come home famished. I use to live spontaneously, I acted on my first thought. I still have to check myself. But next time you come home from work, and don’t feel like cooking, instead of grabbing the phone and ordering food, think it through. Instead of thinking of what a drag it is to fix that beautiful produce, think of how good you will feel. Think about in the morning when you wake up, you won’t be beating yourself up mentally about the crap you ate the day before. Healthy food taste good when cooked properly. Its pretty hard to ruin a vegetable unless you cook it to death.
I did Jenny’s hair before she left. I miss doing hair. I miss the creative things I use to do. I love doing long hair, updo’s, braiding, corn rows, french braiding, all of it. I use to do all the girls for prom. It was fun when I was allowed to do what I wanted. Jenny was going to a T ball game this morning, so I corn rowed her hair for her. It is a great way to get your hair out-of-the-way and up if you are going to be outdoors.
So my new thing I am going to finally try is kale chips. I keep hearing how good they are. I just couldn’t imagine baking a green ugly piece of kale until crispy could be tasty. But I am going to try it. For all of your visual learners like me out there here is a link to make kale chips from Martha Stewart’s website. Enjoy your Saturday! I’ll be making kale chips and watching the Nebraska Corn Huskers. Go Big Red!
……….a few hours later…… I tried the kale chips, I’d give them a B-, Can’t say I would crave them, but they were OK. I will use less salt and oil next time. But whoever said they were like Potato Chips were wrong! Ha! But Lily loved them!