Check in time. I am doing well. Following my Bright Lines and keeping on track. As I have read more of the book, I realize I can establish more Bright Lines if I feel they are necessary. So I have been thinking on that.
I also ordered a 5 year journal. I love the idea of writing a few sentences everyday and then reading those sentences a year later and another year later, etc. I know this was in opposition to my NOT BUYING IT, but I decided it was worth the break in commitment. I have been so very good at NOT BUYING IT that I am pretty amazed at myself. Susan mentioned in her book that when you choose a scale one feature to make sure you get is one that does not automatically turn off after a few minutes. That’s my scale for ya. Half way through cutting and weighing salad ingredients, it turns off. Sigh. In the past I would have immediately searched out a scale on Amazon that didn’t do that and ordered it. This time, I made a note in the margin of the book to search out that feature when my scale dies and needs replacing.
This morning I was taking my daughter a meal for lunch at work, and I got her a green tea to go with it. Without thinking, I had a swig of it, and even though it was very minimally sweetened with honey (according to the label) it was so sweet tasting to me that I wanted to spit it out! This was such a good thing for me to have experienced, as I would drink these teas and consider them barely sweet just a couple weeks ago.
Something that I am also working on is my complexion. I have a lot of facial bumps that are very unsightly to me. I was told by my physician almost 20 years ago when they started that they were called “cholesterol bumps.” Now in the day of Google images, I can safely say they are not! But I do not know what they are. They developed over the course of a pregnancy but have worsened over time in the decades that followed. I have been using some different face products to see if I feel like anything helps at all? Or maybe weight loss will be the greatest helper of all.
But I have tried a few products that are noteworthy. I cannot tell if anything is “working,” but my face feels so much cleaner and fresher. I ordered this Follain Clean Essentials Kit. It is a small container of all the products they sell for face cleaning. My kit also contained a small bar of soap that isn’t in the picture. It isn’t very pretty anymore, nor in its photo-worthy wrapper. I love the smells. It is all clean and natural, with nothing objectionable in any product. For me, the issue will be affordability if I decide that something is fabulous and seems to be lessening my skin issues.
Another product I have tried is Pacifica’s Dreamy Youth Face Cream. When I first saw it I asked my youthful daughter of 18 if it was for youth and she replied, “No, it is for old ladies who want to look younger.” There ya go. Again, I love how it makes my face feel. And while it is more affordable than Follain, what I continue to purchase will be determined by what works best.
I love this face mask, so it makes me what to try the other products that Andalou has available. If I finish up the Follain and need to try a different cleansing line of products, I think I will see what Andalou has. A rep from this company visits my local health food store pretty regularly, and it would be good to talk with someone and get a recommended product.
The main requirements are nothing crappy in the ingredient list and no animal testing. Your skin is your largest organ and it is a gateway to the rest of your internal self. It is vital not to bathe it in chemicals or questionable ingredients of any kind.
But I am very cognizant of the fact that working hard on this taxed, fat body has to begin with weight loss. So as I move on in Bright Lines eating, I hope that focus will allow other issues to lessen. So much of what I experience in my physical body is related to Chronic Lymes, but until I am in that right size body, I won’t know what is actually preventable and what is not. Weight loss is like the hinge that everything else rests on.
One thing I have created in my Bright Lines Menu is what I call “Go-To Meals.” So far I have one for breakfast and one for lunch. And until I tire of them, they will be what I eat.
Breakfast is always 8 ounces of So Delicious coconut milk yogurt, 4 ounces of organic cooked quinoa and 6 ounces of whatever fruit I have. Lately, it has been peaches. As that bag of organic peaches depletes, grapes will come next, as I found organic grapes at my local Aldi. I stir it all up and spoon it into a tall, slender Ball jar.
Lunch’s Go-To meal is a 6oz salad that starts with 2-3 ounces of organic romaine, topped with 3-4 ounces of heavier salad ingredients, according to what’s in the refrigerator. I add 6 ounces of black beans and 6 ounces of fruit. Today was strawberries and tomorrow will be blueberries. The dressing is made from 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
My food choices are probably 95% organic…just putting that put there so I can keep from typing that word a million times.
Dinner is a bit harder. I eat a late breakfast and a late lunch so sometimes I am not hungry for dinner. Like today. Sometimes I make a salad similar to lunch only bigger. Once a week I cook an organic chicken thigh. Another day I cook 2 eggs. I don’t do dairy at all. When the chicken is gone, I will buy some salmon if I can find something good and clean.
I like to shop minimally and not have a lot of variety. Variety stirs the pot for me, and I prefer a pot that is still!
Until next time,