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Thanksgiving, Getting On With Life

October 13th, 2014 at 02:19 pm

One silver lining about my little brother's passing is that my friends our-his age who have similar health problems (hypertension, blood pressure) are now super-inspired to treat and defeat them!

Me, I've lost some 1.5" (4 cm) around the waist, without doing much exercising, mostly from stress and four tiny dietary changes: homemade sweet potato chips instead of Lay's (a few to me is a 9.5 oz bag), no sugar or milk in coffee, 1 serving of bread only 2x/week, and filling 2/3 of my dinner plate with vegetables. Oh yeah and stressing so much the adrenalin eats up the fat. But it feels really good to fit comfortably in my smallest jeans without jackknifing on the bed to pull up the zipper, or feeling the raw pinch marks around the waist.

Roasting real turkey pieces this year, to approximate the homey sensation of an in-use oven for hours. Thanksgiving is always just the three of us in October: the spouse's birthday is always in the fourth week of November so we go north and eat at a diner and let him buy CDs instead of hanging out here. It is fun to be an immigrant without parents: I make my own traditions!

Dinner menu: turkey, beets, potatoes, succotash if I can get away with it else kale and carrots.

So if you're having a Thanksgiving dinner today, let's toast to better days and better health.

6 Responses to “Thanksgiving, Getting On With Life”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I think whatever makes you happy as a way to celebrate is a good thing. I need to try your diet. I'm sure it would make a big difference.

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Hi creditcardfree: I hope you see success with whatever you choose to do with your diet. I do put 1/2 tsp cinnamon in my coffee, and when I remember to, 1/2 a small lemon or 1/3 of a large one in a warm glass of water in the morning.

  3. snafu Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, celebrate with a delicious sounding dinner that is also healthy. We did turkey and trimmings yesterday and included a new to Canada family who was unfamiliar with our customs. What we had in common was grateful we didn't live in the city core where an underground fire has cause all electrical service to be shut down. No one can stay in their apartments, people were lugging suitcases down 20 flights, holiday plans disappeared in a couple of seconds. Businesses will be closed for at least a week. I wonder what they will do with all the visitor in the downtown core hotels.

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @snafu EEEEEK! Maybe the visitors'll be put up at the Banff Springs: that's a huge spread.

  5. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful I only have first world problems.

  6. scfr Says:

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you. Here's to better days indeed.

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