Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Kindness and a Weigh In

After a long afternoon of errands, I was in the parking lot unloading my groceries into my car. Finished, I looked around for the nearest cart return where I could leave my empty cart. It was halfway across the lot, and there was nowhere else to safely leave the cart. So, feet at about a 9.5 on the pain scale, I headed towards the cart return. I was going slowly... hobbling, really... about the pace I usually go when my pain gets this bad. About halfway to my destination, I heard someone coming up behind me. It was an elderly lady, slightly bent with age and also walking rather slowly... but faster than I was walking. She came up beside me and said, "here, let me take that" as she grabbed my cart, added it to hers, and headed to the cart return. I thanked her twice and turned to walk back to my car. She passed me by again as she returned to her vehicle. It brought me to tears.

Thank you, any of you, who have ever done such an act of kindness for a stranger. You don't know anyone's story. Look for ways to help, ways to be kind. Bless others, bless yourself.

Eaten today:
Romaine lettuce
red onions
red cabbage
plain tea
black coffee
blue cheese crumbles
1 T dressing
3 dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts

In my kitchen now, to be eaten this week, I have blueberries, strawberries, kiwis, a whole pineapple, bananas, 3 kinds of apples, oranges, Clementines, grapefruit, a lemon, broccoli, lettuce, onions, green onions, zucchini, frozen peas, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, mangoes, pears, carrots, celery, a whole free range chicken, grass fed ground beef, Greek yogurt, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pistachios, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash, avocados, frozen green beans, canned kidney beans, canned pinto beans, canned tomatoes, canned tuna, frozen mahi mahi, frozen salmon patties, walnuts, a cucumber, dark chocolate, and canned pumpkin. I chose these foods based on research I have done regarding how to lower blood pressure naturally. One of my main goals right now is to get off my blood pressure medication. I am not following the "DASH" diet because I do not eat grains at this time. I also am avoiding soy and sugar. Hopefully, eating such a healthful diet will result in lowered blood pressure over time, less inflammation, healed feet, and maybe even weight loss.

Scale today said 230 pounds, same as last week.


Anonymous said...

I hate your scale. Just sayin"


TNTriathlete said...

Not sure if my comment went through . . . I was just wondering if bacon was a good food to be eating for high blood pressure?

Steelers6 said...

Hey dear, sweet about the person in the parking lot. I feel like I try to be on the lookout for ways to be kind like that as well. Your general thanks & gratitude touched me...i felt like i can accept it. Maybe that's weird.
So sorry about the foot pain. :(( What shoes did you wear for your errands?

I'm proud of your food choices. Well done. I found your exercise & BP comments in a recent post interesting. I know walking is painful for you-are u able to sit on a mat & exercise that way?

Onward, my friend.

Lyn said...


I wear Brooks Ariel shoes with heel lifts added (from the podiatrist). Thinking about heading to the running store to see what else they might have to offer.

I do stretches (PT stuff) and sit ups, a few leg lifts etc on the floor. I was doing a sitting aerobics video, too, a couple months ago but got out of the habit when mourning took over. I am going to try the bike again and see if I can work back up (I think I was at 10 or 12 minutes a day before I quit).

Thanks :)

thewendyc said...

I have followed your blog anonymously for a couple of years, thank you for sharing your journey. I have also been struggling with weight loss/re-gain, chronic pain (arthritis, headaches) - it's difficult to to figure out. I watched a PBS program a while ago "East, Fast and Live Longer" by Dr. Michael J. Mosely. I also read the book he later wrote. It had fascinating information about fasting, the body repairing itself, weight loss. I would be interested in your take on it, it you would be interested in watching/reading it.
Thanks, Wendy/SLC

Lyn said...


that sounds interesting. I will look it up, thanks!

Vickie said...

The only things I saw which set off alarm bell was the canned tomatoes and beans - are these NO SALT ADDED? I assume Greek yogurt is plain (NO ADDED SUGAR) - ?

Good list.

Eat more of the green beans, broccoli, spinach, peppers than fruit.

Eat protein, it will hold you longer. You had a good list of proteins the only thing you might consider adding is egg whites if you can eat them.

Are you buying dark lettuce? Iceberg is basically just crunchy water, no nutrition. I switched to spinach for all salads. I used chopped Kale in soups.

Lyn said...


the beans are "low sodium" and I rinse them before using. I hadn't looked at the tomatoes... good idea. Greek yogurt is Fage Total 0%. I have free range eggs in there are well but love the yolks too. They contain a lot of healthy stuff. Sometimes I will cook up 2 eggs and give one yolk to my daughter... she hates the whites.

Thanks for the input. Good ideas! Hope you are recovering well. I need to come check your blog again :)

Jack Sh*t, Gettin Fit said...

Like you, I've been going through a rough patch.

Like you, I've doubled down on my commitment to healthy eating.

Like you, I'm gonna succeed like mad in 2014.

Mrs. Gollihue said...

I just wanted you to know that I love reading your posts. I am on a weight loss journey myself and jsut recently started blogging (it's a resolution of mine for the New Year). Weight loss is a tough journey and I just thought you should know that I find your posts to be very inspirational. :)