Hikes and Spinach: Day 3 in My Year of Living More Abundantly

I crave sugar when I hear the introduction soundtrack for Days of Our Lives . Like Pavlov’s dogs, I hear the music and my mouth starts to water.  Little candies were referred to as “quiet pills” during my babysitter’s favorite television shows. She passed out the candy on commercials if we sat on the couch and remained quiet.  My brother would always fall asleep before the first ad came on but I fought sleep and tried to accept candy on his behalf.

Since my early days (age 3) I have continued to find ways to reward myself in unhealthy ways.  If I have a really long meeting, I tell myself a pumpkin spice latte is deserved and will help get me through it.  When we are going to be in the car for a long time, I make sure we have Starbursts to fuel us.  If I’m not feeling well, ginger ale (37 grams of sugar per serving) is the only thing that will help.

With this mindset  I don’t feel like I’m as healthy as I could be.  My Year of Living Abundantly started with a visit to a new primary care doctor. After a conversation with her,  I realized that  I’M the one who needs to make the decision to eat well and move more AND I’m the one who’ll live with the choices I make. Though BMI and Blood Pressure may reflect my health and well being, there are other success indicators I’ve decided to track.

When I see my doctor again in December 2020 I’d love to honestly report positive things.  Throughout my adult life, I’ve struggled with my weight and more often than not, I’ve let the number on the scale be THE most important measure of success or lack thereof.  Over the past few days, I’ve come up with other success indicators to track daily.  Below is a summary of Day 3 in my Year of Living More Abundantly.

Success Indicator Updates:

Body Mass Index: Because my weight (3 digits and tenths) is a much larger number than the BMI (2 digits and tenths), I feel more optimistic in tracking pounds since I feel like I have more wiggle room with 4 digits.  Today I was down 1.2 pounds and I would like to say my hard work is paying off but I think I have a touch of the stomach flu so I’m not going to get too excited just yet.  I woke up last night feeling like I was going to puke then I did.  I immediately assumed that an increase in fresh vegetables exposed me to E. coli or salmonella and that healthy eating would be the death of me.  I went back to sleep and survived the night.

Blood Pressure:  My doctor warned me that some people tend to check their blood pressure in an obsessive way that increases their stress level and that changes their blood pressure.  She suggested I check it just once a day and note the trends.  I’ve been noting this in my journal.  Today, I made a chart with columns for the date, weight, change in weight, blood pressure, and change in blood pressure.  Seeing everything lined up on one page is helpful for me.

Healthy Fuel:  If I lived in a fancy hotel with room service, I’d have an americano and eggs Benedict with a side of blueberries and raspberries delivered each morning.

Today I poached my eggs in salted water and wondered why I add salt.  I’ve switched recently from Dave’s Killer Bread to Ezekiel 4:0 Bread and the different flavor and consistency has made it easier to go from two slices to one.  I’ve been using Land o Lakes spreadable butter with canola but have switched to avocado or Wholly Guacamole spread instead.

Reading influences my food choices.  I recently finished Younger Next Year by Crowley and Lodge and The Brain Fog Fix by Dow and one of those books (or maybe an article I read someplace else) encouraged an increase in avocado and a switch to sprouted grain bread.

Hummus and carrots, walnuts and almonds, berries, green beans, avocado, potatoes and cube steak rounded out my day.  I REALLY felt like I made healthy choices today since I didn’t eat so much stuff but I was shocked when I tallied up the calories and it totaled over 2500.  If today was a healthy day, how many calories have I consumed daily over the past  50 years.

Not so Healthy Fuel: Cube steak was on sale this week and it was a huge disappointment.

Quiet Time:  Instant gratification comes for just $.25 at the Shell station.  I was able to vacuum the interior of my car and it felt so good!


Nature Parks Explored-The Tualatin Hills Nature park has paved paths, toilets that flush and a canopy of trees that provides some protection from the rain.


While on my walk today, I saw a toad in the road. I’ve seen far too episodes of Grimm (filmed in our area) and read enough fairy tales to know that a toad in my path means only one thing.  My Prince Charming didn’t bring me coffee in bed this morning but he does most days so I carefully stepped over the toad.

Unfortunately, the squirrel madly scurrying around the trash cans brought out the worst in me.  I actually body shamed it with, “You are such a fat little thing!”

Spinach Salads-Clearly, the toppings on my spinachfree salad may have negated any positive effects.


Beverage High in Antioxidants-I had just one cup of coffee today.

Walking with My Grand Dog-Dogs weren’t allowed at the park and my granddog is out of town so we didn’t get to walk today.  My sweet Dice IS a reader so he would have appreciated the explanation provided.


Sand Castles with Cute Kids-My husband watched a superhero movie tonight so it was almost like I spent time with kids.  We didn’t build sandcastles.

Gratitude-I am grateful that I hate throwing up.  I can only imagine how damaging purging must be to one’s body.  I am grateful for Siri and Google.  I accomplished several home repairs today thanks to their help.  I am grateful for nutrition labels.

Also on my walk today I was reminded of a very special man as I came upon the bench in his honor.  Today is his birthday and he is missed by many.  I’m grateful to know  and have known amazing people!

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