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Year Three, Day 249: The Citrus Defender

I skipped the gym today.  I will start with my weight training tomorrow.

I am feeling most sluggish today.  I spent the morning doing laundry, listening to a lecture for my online classical musical class, and stretching. I had a nice hoop session.

I am doing very well with my food for fuel eating plan.  I had grits for breakfast, with a few black olives on top. And green tea. For lunch, I hopped on the bus for my new favorite little Chinese lunch joint.  Hong Kong 97 Restaurant on SE King and Linwood. Near the Wichita Pub.  They have cheap lunch specials. And I can eat relatively healthy.  I had egg flower soup, steamed rice, black bean chicken, and barbecue pork. For $7.50! :)

Plus the servers are super sweet. They don't mind if I hang out and do my reading afterwards. They even bring me more water and tea!

Instead of the gym, I headed to the  mall and got a 20  minute chair massage.  It was worth it. I still feel sluggish, but very relaxed.

I am focusing on being very present in…
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Year Three, Day 248: Inspiration

Inspiration 1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. 2. the drawing in of breath; inhalation.  (

 I am inspired! I find it interesting that the definition of inspiration includes being inclined to do something AND the drawing in of breath.  I have come to find breathing very important to focus, and of course to my health, since I have COPD.

I am inspired to finally lose the rest of the weight I set out to lose nearly three years ago.

I have decided to de-emphasize food, especially food for pleasure, or recreation.  To just see it as fuel.

Here is today's food diary:
FOOD DIARY 1/16/2018
1 green banana2  rice cakes with peanut butter and dried cranberriesRev up teaEgg flower soupSteamed white riceCashew nut shrimpOolong TeaDefense tea with lemon and honey Green salad with vinegar and oil dressing. No meat, cheese or croutons!
Here is my exercise diary:


Year Three, Day 247: Memories of Food II

I slept much better last night. I arrived at my daughter and son-in-law's trailer about 10:00 p.m. I felt calm and content after my adventure at the late night Starbucks. I had a lovely hot cup of "Peach Tranquility" herbal tea. I finished my second week of video lectures and quizzes for the classical music course I'm taking from Yale University online through Coursera. Fun class. I am thoroughly enjoying it and learning quite a bit - even though I've been studying classical music most of my 56 years!

56. It is surreal. So close to 60! Yet I find that there is a freedom in aging. I have slowed down. Enjoying the moment more. Not as concerned with the superficial components of life.

Which leads me to the topic of this post: FOOD.

It has been the center of my life for 56 years. And suddenly, this afternoon, I decided to take it down a few notches.

"Eat to live, not live to eat", as my mother told me over breakfast last week. Right before she ordered a war…

Year Three, Day 246: The Pack and the Bowling Alley Queen

This has been the best birthday I can remember!

It began with a hoop workout. Then a church service at Portland Bible Church. Where I was greeted by many friends. Do you remember the show "Cheers"..."sometimes we want to go - where everybody knows your name; and they're always glad you came..."

Yup. It was like that. But without drink people. Just hymns and prayer and bible study and sermon.

I was glad I came!

But I had to leave at the break. I was due to meet my daughter, son-in-law and Baby Grace at Jantzen Beach. Then off to bowling league!

On the bus, I signed into my Coursera app. I am taking an online classical music class through Yale University. For free! I love Coursera. This is my third course. I could pay $50 and receive a certificate, but this is for my own thirst for knowledge, not a degree. I have already found fresh ideas for describing certain concepts - like rhythm - to my students.

I was relaxing, listening to the instructor talk about element…

Year Three, Day 245: Goodbye 55!

Today is the last day that I can say "55" if someone asks my age. But then again, few people ask me my age anymore. It's all good. I have usually felt disconnected from age, birthdays and holidays. I used to study the bible with some Jehovah's Witness friends.. They were so tickled that I was really eager to be done with holidays. They don't celebrate holidays and usually get a lot of flack from non JH friend's and family.

I've reached a happy middle now. In my midlife. Mostly because of the children in my life. Especially Baby Gracie. I love giving, if I can. I like to give presents "just because" or if there is  a need. Not because the commercials on tv tell me to.

But I don't want to be a Scrooge. So I play along. It seems like the best path.

I am still quite exhausted. I think I need to cut back on the caffeine. Tonight I am going to soak in the hot tub at the gym before heading home. Hopefully it will contribute to a good night's …

Year Three, Day 244: Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

Looks can be deceiving. I am sleep deprived. I slept maybe 3 hours total last night.

Not sure exactly what was going on.  I was at my daughter and son-in-law's trailer overnight. I had Baby Gracie duty this morning. I may have had too much caffeine.  I also ate late at night. Chipotle with my son at 9:00 p.m.

I can never turn down son time.  He met me at the Cascade Max Station. We had a nice meal and chatted. Then he got on the Max and I called Lyft for a ride to Vancouver.

I did well with my meal. I had a chicken rice bowl. With brown rice. No cheese or tomatoes.

I had a swig of vinegar before dinner and before bed. But I was wide awake until 4:00 a.m. Thoughts racing.  Actually thinking clearly. A lot of memories flooding back at me.  I knew I would pay for it today. I am.

But at least I look energetic. I was curious where the saying "bright eyed and bushy tailed" came from. Apparently squirrels. " As in 'Here is my new kindergarten class, all bright eyed a…

Year Three, Day 243: A Good Soreness

I am so sore today!  But it is a good soreness. A sore, like I've had a good workout soreness.

That deep acupressure massage yesterday was the ticket!  The therapist gave me a punch card.  After 9 visits, I get a free 10 minute session. 10 minutes would be just the tip of the iceberg, but I'll take it!

I'm thinking once a month I will pamper myself with a deep massage. 

I'm looking for ways to pamper myself that don't always include food. My preferred method of pampering up to this point.

Speaking of food, I am following Dr. Axe's advice on lowering stomach acid.

He recommends apple cider vinegar, 1 T before meals.  That is something I can do right now!  He also suggests smaller meals and chewing food thoroughly. I must admit, I do tend to eat large meals. And I tend to inhale rather than chew.

Today at lunch, I chewed each bite 30 times. And slowly. It made me feel quite mindful of my eating!

My daughter posted a question on…