I think we are definitely on the same wave length Feels good to know I'm not alone!
I'm normally a very happy, upbeat person. But six years of injuries, chronic pain and now needing major surgeryx2 combined with not being able to live in my home (too cold), not working (finances) and then the sudden death of my little brother at Christmas tossed me for a big loop. What a ride! I know that I'm coming out of it, but know I still have a ways to go. FF definitely makes a difference and I'm thrilled it's doing so much for me.
BTW - the veggies are all raw. Sometimes we get salsa too for a mexican flair (home made). So huge plate - serving tray size. He makes a bed of chopped cabbage and spinach. Then he starts lining up whatever else we have - tomatoes, zucs, cucs, carrots, peas, beans, daikon, etc.
I eat mine plain - dipped in my Flax oil/acv/lemon/garlic mix. Keep it in a small container and just shake it up before I use. He makes his own dressing with sesame oil, vinegar, garlic and some seasoning spices. It's just a fun way to get a lot of veggies in. It's usually at least 1-2 hours before we are ready for dinner. What I like best is that I'm eating really good food, staying on plan and my man is sharing this time with me.
Ugh! I really dislike antidepressants. Got this residual headache and the scale says I'm up a pound of water. Sigh. We'll see how this goes this week. May have to switch prescriptions once again. Wish my mind would switch back, but need some chemical help to get those chemicals correctly balanced again. Any of you who are dealing with depression - please don't ignore it. It's really hard to get things rebalanced if you wait too long. I was dystymic for way too long and didn't know it - that's a low grade depression. Kinda like you are three inches underwater. You can see the sunshine, hear everything...it's just a little muted. When my brother died, that slide into a major depression. Ouch. Our brains work hard to keep our bodies happy. When one is depressed, the brain thinks this what you want chemically every day. It's like going thru McDonalds and asking for a super sized meal. It keeps delivering up what you ordered - or thinks you ordered.
Mom's thrilled she's down about 4 pounds in two days. That's what you get with no bread or sugar. She's not 'true' but is eating healthier overall. She loves the veggie plates and can't get enough pineapple! At the age of 83, she can have what she wants, in moderation. There's no junk took in the house, so she has no choice
Possible student tenant arrives to check things out today. Adding a potential renter to the mix will be interesting. Won't hurt to have the additional income.
Wendy, you have had so many upsetting things going on. So sorry about your brother, your injuries, chronic pain, needing major surgery, not being able to live in your home, not working....It is just TOO MUCH. My heart goes out to you. I wish I could give you a great big HUG right now. No one on the forum would have guessed all your troubles. You are always to jolly and happy that it is catching. This forum is definitely a great thing for you. I want to start eating veggies an hour or so before dinner. I think it is a super idea....fill up on the veggies and you won't be tempted to eat too much of the other stuff. Those veggies are the absolute best thing you can eat!! My body is so happy when I load up on them. Your dipping sauce sounds good....I must say, though, your sweetie's sounds good too because I LOVE sesame oil.
It is a lot, but the one thing I can wrap my arms around and control is my eating. FF is giving me consistency and a routine. That foundation is what is pulling me out of the depths and back into life. Slowly but surely I'll be back to myself. Hold on when that happens!
Gotta go put my feet up and drink the last cranwater.
Hey Wendy - I hear water retention is all apart of flushing out the fat. As a slow looser for me, I have noticed when I do have water retention, the weight just "flows" outta me in a day or so leaving a nice loss. I have come to believe that cells in our body that hold onto fat; once the fat is released from the cell, creates an empty void. Then, water rushes in to fill that void causing a stall in weight or even a slight gain, before the cell shrinks and releases the water. You know, that roller coaster ride of weight loss. I'm sure the massage with loosen up those fatty cells and the water will rush out by morning revealing another loss!
I love massages! Just don't have the funds for them. My favorite is a foot massage. Do that for an hour and I turn to jello!
Renting has it's advantages, but in this case, landlord can be a pain in the rear! Especially if they do not want to repair or replace anything. The freebie frig I got from the weatherization program is a Kenmore. I like it. It retails for about $350. It's just a plain frig (17cu ft) - no ice maker or water dispenser. I always see those as more things to go wrong and break down. The last house I had, the frig had an ice maker in it. It was nice, until the auto shut off lever thingy did not sense there were enough ice cubes in the bucket and kept right on making ice cubes. Then, I opened up the freezer door and an avalanche of ice cubes came out! That's when I shut off the ice maker and made my own cubes! At least I could control that! Now, I have an old fashioned Frigidaire aluminum ice tray of the 50's. It's the best!