|Sebastian Frobishire did the dark blue, the silver and the gold on this one. I did the white work.|
|This one, the painting is all mine.|
Here is the one good pic I got of the event.
But this post isn't really about the event.
When I got home from the event I felt like half dried dog doody. I had spent the weekend eating mostly beef jerky, chocolate covered shortbread cookies and plain water, with a hamburger, breakfast burritos, and alcoholic berveages sprinkled on top.
I felt like crap, so I decided to take a day and eat nothing but fruit and veggies to clear my system a bit. You know, when you try to eat raw spinach like potato chips your teeth end up feeling dried out and weird. Well I was enjoying my fruit and veggies but halfway through the day, while in Costco (surrounded by sample people) I forgot I was having a just fruit and veg day. Not cheated....literally..... forgot. I remembered a couple of hours later when I saw the spinach in the fridge.
Well the other day my sister came to visit. And she looked great. I could tell she had lost weight and her skin looked healthy and nice. At some point during the day I saw myself in the bathroom mirror. I looked like crap. CRAP, I SAY!!! My skin was dry and ruddy, my hair was dry and dull. I still felt like dog doody and it had been weeks since the event.
Over the past few months, I have been learning that I can't eat some of the things that I used to eat. Peanut oil for instance. I loved Chick Fil A tenders. A couple of months ago I got the stomach bug that was going around and it kinda rebooted my system in the end and I was doing really well after it had all cleared up....until I went to Chick Fil A. Let's just say the results were "explosive", and leave it at that. Well, that made crossing CFA off my list of eateries pretty easy. A couple of weeks later I made the family chicken and onions with peanut oil and I ended up with the same "results". OK, no more cooking with peanut oil. (Interestingly, peanut butter is not bothering my system.)
Even more recently I discovered that I also need to avoid nightshade foods. They appear to be a trigger for "the flutters" I have been having. Cross off the Indian restaurant that I had just fallen in love with. As well as pizza, lots of Italian, and Mexican food.
Well since I have been having to cut out crap left and right, I decided after Dottie's visit to try some of what she had been doing. One thing she and her husband are doing is juicing. The fruit and veggie kind, not the BALCO kind. She had a couple of her juices with her and let me try them. They were pretty good. Right now, a juicer wasn't in the budget but, I have a blender so I decided to go with the other thing she was doing, smoothies. I picked up some vanilla flavored protien powder and some unflavored WalMart brand Metamucil and blended them up with some milk and strawberries. Tasted good and was filling. This morning I tried one with a scoop of the protein powder, 1 rounded tbsp of fiber, 1 rounded tbsp of Quik, 8 oz milk, and some frozen raspberries. That tasted great and held my appetite in check from about 6:30 to 11:30. For lunch I did ½ cup milk, ¾ cup OJ, a whole banana, same on the powders and some ice. Tasted luxuriously good and was quite filling. I had that around 11:30 and as I type this at 4pm I am just now starting to feel hungry again. I have also been taking a multivitamin daily.
My first observation yesterday was my fingers don't look as puffy as they have lately. That is still true on day two. I also feel a lot better after just a couple of days. I am not feeling as achey and lethargic as I had lately.
I also went out and got myself some decent girly body wash and in shower lotion to take care of the dry skin. I changed to a shampoo and conditioner that enhances silver hair and that brightened up my hair some.
Back at the beginning of the year I told myself that I was going to start taking better care of myself and treat myself to more of the girly crap that keeps oneself up. Lotion, leg shaving, etc. I had fallen off the wagon and had been grabbing the hubby's soap and shampoo to just get clean when I ran out of my girly stuff and man did it leave me trashed. I had gotten lazy about the legs too. I have that under control today too. When payday comes there will probably be some face cleanser and moisturizer added too.
Maybe even some new capris soon. Hopefully before the inseams on these ones completely give out. :)