Well @Maggie did it.

So I figured I might as well, too. Seemed like a decent idea.
Read her getting things in hand health post here.
Mostly, I knew that I needed to eat better (and I have been) after Bunny didn’t need 100% of my time anymore. I know what I need to eat and I just hadn’t been eating it. I can’t eat like normal people. Wheat, sugar, soy… or carbs… kick my arse. I need clean protein and lots of it, veggies, too, but not very much fruit (my body doesn’t differentiate between sugars, it just goes bonkers. And HFCS makes me high.). Tell those physicians with their little charts to stick them where the sun don’t shine. Their ideas of a balance just does not work in my system.
So mostly I humored my doctor a little with the easing off of the cow protein (giant hunks o’ steak work the best for me in terms of weight loss and my cholesterol went down even with cow, but I was also walking 3 miles a night), I haven’t been to sushi (so no rice, less shrimp) in a while (primarily because the folks who bought the House of Sake are lying sacks of shit and changed everything that they swore they wouldn’t. I don’t tolerate liars.) and have been roasting a lot of chickens.
Roasting veggies, too.


I think what helped me most about her posts were the linkies to vitamins and supplements. Some of the stuff that she mentioned sounded familiar (I’m a stress-ball, too). Here’s the chart.

(FYI: the brand of my pill case is “Fit & Healthy” but if I was so fit & healthy, then I wouldn’t need such a fekkin’ huge pill case, would I? Sigh. I know, I’ve seen worse..)

The thing i don’t like about the multi-vitamin I take (see blue horse pill above) is that I have to take it on a full stomach otherwise it nauseates me in a big way (I wonder if there is something in  there that I am allergic to… fillers and “inert” stuff that never seem to be inert to me. I’m a delicate flower, you see.). I don’t eat all that much during the day, so its kind of a pain in the arse as well as semi-nauseating on a regular basis. Fun. On top of that, they taste absolutely vile. I’d buy Flinstone’s, but they don’t sell the “You’re starting to get up there girlfriend, you need more stuff” in chewables. Though being dinosaur shaped would be appropriate.
Another item on the list is 5-8 walnuts a day. Easy right? Easy if you like walnuts. Blech. Pasty and gross, but I’m eating them. I’m not certain how long I’ll tolerate them – maybe I can find an alternative delivery system for their contents. Not necessarily a pill since I agree with the “its not the same in pill form” argument of nutrition.
I’ve been walking some, but haven’t been doing it consistently. I messed up my left foot wearing Uggs outside the house (was that an editorial comment by the universe? possibly.) and its been ok, but twingy ever since. Once I get settled into my stride though, I can knock off 4 miles at a pop, so it isn’t broken or anything, but it is pesky.
The weather was crap for a while as well… not just cloudy, I like that, but rainy and cold. This next weekend looks nice, so maybe I’ll be able to get out on the trail again.

I’m also saving up to get an Android tablet eventually. I suppose it is in my best interest that I haven’t found the right tablet so that I can stash away moola and have enough to buy it when I do find one, but I have a trip coming up and I would like to get used to it, get it set up and play with it before I go (and hopefully FIND ONE before I go. Industry, you are on notice. I leave March 3.)

I want one that:
-is 7 inch (sorry, the iPad is just too big for me in general)
-has Android marketplace (I am a little spoiled by the app store on Errol)
-updatable (either over the air or by plugging into my computer-but nothing too involved. If WordPress can do a 1 click update, these should, too.)
-NOT a totally custom Android OS (actually this is a redundant statement based on the items listed above.)
-A wireless connection that I can turn on for a month if I need it, but no 2 year plan commitment. Tex got the iPad the minute it shipped and was grandfathered into the unlimited 3G from AT&T (which he should NEVER turn off). I’d like something like that, but I’m not kidding myself that it will be an option for me.

Luckily there are lots of tablets pouring out of the industry’s gaping maw at the moment, but not all are in production or on the sales floor. I like Archos, but their last efforts were more of a media player with an Android OS with apps that had to be customized all to hell to run on the machine. We’ll see if they fix this in their latest incarnations.
Dell was promising with their Streak, but then they made you sign away your life to AT&T. Give me a break; AT&T sucks. They couldn’t maintain signal if they had a cell tower stuck up their own butts. (Ever wonder why I don’t write for online magazines anymore? Don’t.)
The Galaxy Tab is pretty but locked into the various providers. Still no wi-fi only version… though I think I need the 3G/4G occasionally. Wifi is NOT ubiquitous, nor even common in lots of places I travel. I tend to live on my Centro at those times.
Of course, there is also the option of getting a wifi only tablet then changing my phone/plan to one with tethering. I quite like the Google phone and I hear decent things about T-Mobile. But I’ll probably use my Palm device until it explodes, whine a lot about that, mourn the end of an era for me, then get a new phone which I will proceed to love and squee over at length.
I’m a Leo. It happens.

I got a new softshell jacket (water and wind resistant-good for the weather that we had for the last several months) but lately the weather has been rather nice and I haven’t really needed it with the fleece or sweater I wear all the time to work/at home/running around. My brain has a curious tendency to forget what cold is like when it is nice outside, or conversely to forget just how hot things are in Texas after the luxury of cold nights and cool days in NorCal. So, my brain is saying things like “Oh we can wear this to Green Bay! Just needs a layer or two underneath.”
Intellectually I know that 11 degrees is a bit too cold for this jacket, but my brain has its want that my rational side ignores. I just need a few days of 40 degree weather to remind my silly brain that it isn’t the right jacket. We’ll see if that happens.
I’ve put together a packing list, but knowing myself, I’ll find something FABULOUS 2 days before the trip and rearrange everything to revolve around it.
Speaking of packing lists, I need to get my travel site finished, just haven’t had the energy to do so. More on that anon.

I was looking at the adoptable kitties list at the 9 Lives Foundation to see if there were any kitty-babies that struck my fancy… and they all were cute, but instead of “Yay a fuzzy thing to hug and squeeze and call George!” I went to that place that was insane and utterly terrified about the prospect of leaving Bunny alone the last few weeks she was here. I was really, really ill for several weeks after she left. I pretty much destroyed my immune system with that fear and it comes right back to full force when I remember those days. (I still remember horrible emotions from 30years ago-I don’t think this visceral reaction is going to go away anytime soon. Again, I’m a Leo. Deal.)
I’d love to foster a cat or take in an adult cat who needs it, but I know myself. I fall hard. Letting go of something tends to kill me. Or watching a cat go through that again… I’m not strong enough right now to get through that again…I feel like a horrible person for not being able to just grow a pair and do the right thing. However, I think my system would collapse if I did that now. Last night I was up til 3 trying to distract my brain from the horrible  images that kept showing up when I had a bunch of Bunny memories surface unexpectedly.
I think I need to wait. I’ll skip dinner out for a few weeks and write another check to help out since I am such an utter coward. And I’ll just keep poking at that particular bruise to see when it doesn’t make me cry.
I’ll keep you posted.


3 thoughts on “Well @Maggie did it.

  1. Good luck with all your health goals, and ditch that crappy multivitamin for a whole foods version. Also, I think you can get a lot of the benefits of raw walnuts in raw almonds? I know they have some of the same benefits when it comes to colon cancer anyway. I’m rooting for you.

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