I have really not felt led to write lately. I have a whole page of writing ideas, but I didn’t feel led to write about any of them. So my poor blog has been sitting silent. For far too long. I realized today that a good part of it is because I recently joined a weight loss group. I don’t really want to chronicle the whole experience here, but it did make me realize something. I have a finite amount of energy to devote to things- I can’t devote all the energy I want to to herbalism, crafting, being a perfect parent (oh, be quiet!), a homekeeper, AND my own body all in the same day. I simply can’t. And lately, it’s taken EVERYTHING I have to work on my own body and just keep up with the other essentials- my home and family. That means book reading, crafting, herbcrafting, and anything else I’m into (Simple Abundance, even my spirituality- which SHOULD be an essential, but I’m not perfect after all) has gone to the back burner. My mental energy is taken up with making sure I’m drinking enough water, how many calories I”m eating, and when I’m going to find time to exercise. And then recording it all for my group. Despite my resistance to calorie counting, I do feel it’s been beneficial to me- did you know that a Frisco Melt from Steak and Shake (oh, all my herbal friends are cringing now!) has *980* calories???? 980!! Well, that’s the last time I eat fast food! At least for 8 weeks anyway, and after that, I won’t want to get any because I won’t want to undo all my hard work. And it’s been surprisingly easy to exercise and get enough water for me. Before this group though, I wasn’t keeping track of water- just drinking when I felt thirsty, but I was getting under the 8 recommended glasses. Now I”m drinking 4 glasses a day- of 20 oz each! 😉 I also wasn’t exercising on a regular basis.
The only problem is that this group is VERY mainstream in their beliefs about health and weightloss, and I”m… rather unorthodox. I have a hard time with the idea that you should set aside a certain time for exercise rather than simply living a more active lifestyle. When all this time I’ve been trying to do the opposite! Finding a way to make my typical daily life so active I don’t NEED to exercise! And some of the women are eating IMO, not enough calories- and of course there’s all the “diet” food- I wouldn’t consider eating fewer than 1600, because for me, that’s where my body goes into famine mode, and starts conserving. And my high fat low carb diet would make most of those women freak out about the fat, I think. Oh well, we all have different bodies. It seems to be working for them. They’re losing weight. Time will tell if my way works for me.
This isn’t NEARLY as fun as crafts and parenting to me, but it’s my life right now. And I know it’s worth it in the long run.
The past couple days, I HAVE been able to do a bit of reading- I’m currently reading “Eat More Dirt” by Ellen Sandbeck- and I’m telling you, it’s been a long time since a book has taught me such new and interesting information! I’m going to come back and post about dust, allergies, and intestinal worms! Oh no, I hope you come back! Here, this will get you. On Feb 5, I’ll be participating in the herbal blog party, which, in honor of the love holiday is about aphrodisiacs! I’ll be writing about my favorite herbal aphrodisiac- can you guess what it is? 😉