Well folks, it is cold here. Not a little bit cold but a LOT cold. I’m miserable. My hands are blue, my feet are blue, and my nose is running (it does that when I get too cold). I thought I would post up a rambly blog in an effort to generate some heat through the rapid movements brought to my little fingers by typing, or, at the least, offer some parting thoughts and updates before I turn into a block of ice.
Yesterday, my Mom and I journeyed to Memphis. Our trip there was two-fold. Firstly, we went so that I could visit a nutritionist. As a vegetarian, I was finding that my eating was very willy-nilly and not very comprehensive at all. So, the visit was in order and was a good one (more about that in a minute). Our second purpose was just to get away, to go and piddle around, to have a good time, to go where the wind carried us (it carried us mainly to the massive Goodwill on Stage Road – yeehaw).
But, I digress.
The visit with the nutritionist was really good and very helpful. My voice of wisdom and practicality, a.k.a. my little brother, claimed that I could have found all of the info that the nutritionist told me online but, in fact, I did not. This particular nutritionist specializes in vegetarianism. She told me what I might be deficient in and told me the exact blood tests to ask for when I go to have bloodwork done, which she suggested I have done soon. She figured my height and weight and told me exactly how many grams of protein I should aim for each day. She said that I was most definitely protein deficient and that if I would get in this amount each day, I would have more energy, and my skin, hair and nails would improve too (problem areas of late). She even gave me a nice little chart with helpful vegetarian foods that are good sources of protein. She also gave me sources of carbs and iron, which are both very helpful to me. (Incidentally, did you know that iron is about twice as effective if taken with a bit of citrus juice? Something about Vitamin C makes it absorb more easily.) She advised me to drink more soymilk for protein and calcium and to eat more legumes. She advised to take a multi-vitamin and a calcium supplement as well.
Now, for the sad news… she strongly encouraged me to cut my caffeine consumption by half. Yes readers, I’ve been reduced to this. It is a sad, sad thing. So, this morning, I had two scoops of regular and two scoops of decaf to make my coffee with. Unlike crime TV, I simply cannot quit caf-coffee cold turkey. I think I would surely die. It will be a slow road but I’m determined to do it, whether I love it or not. (NOT!) As a last hurrah yesterday, I had three full-strength soy lattes from Starbucks. Shame on me, yes, but BOY they were good!
(Sidenote of honesty here: I cannot deny that the half coffee this morning was good. In fact, it tasted no different from four scoops of regular. I’m waiting for the headache but so far, nothing. I’m still alive!)
So, all-in-all, the nutritionist visit was a success and I’m very happy that I went. I learned a lot and I think my eating will improve ten-fold.
The other main highlight from yesterday was the massive new Goodwill that we found on Stage Road. It was LOVELY! We went into that veritable haven of wonders about noon and did not emerge until almost 4:00 p.m! Yes, I speak truth. Among other things, I got a FAB large black hobo bag with gold hardware, a cute peasant top, and books, books, BOOKS! My book haul included:
It was a good haul. After our tenure in the Goodwill, we sat ourselves down and had a lovely meal at Houston’s. I had a dinner salad with the most divine bleu cheese dressing ever, and a fourth of a veggie burger with brussel sprouts on the side (I brought the rest home). I had a straight espresso for an after-lunch treat. 🙂 From there we went to Wild Oats where I meandered around and did some leisurely grocery shopping. I got much needed staples such as tahini, flaxseed oil, Bach remedies, lotion, and soy yogurt. Yum. Then we hit Old Navy (why do their jeans not fit me!??), grabbed another latte, lollygagged around Target for awhile and headed home.
It was a truly delightful day.
Also a delightful day – I should have mentioned this before – because it was my dear little brother’s birthday. Hooray! He turned 35. No wait, that would make me 36. I need not play that game because whatever age I joke about him being, I would be a year older. He turned 29. (That is the accurate age.) My little brother is truly a force to be reckoned with. He is so incredibly disciplined and meticulous and just awes me all the time. He is also very generous. He recently cleaned out his CD stash and gave me all of his cast-offs to “do what I wanted to do with them.” I promptly listed them on Amazon and have made an attractive chunk on them. So, kudos to him for being another year old and for always being so uber-cool. (Even though he doesn’t read my blog and won’t see this plug for him. Phooey on him!)
What else, what else? Oh, I have some great new ideas for things to make to list on Etsy. I won’t ruin the surprises but I think they will go over nicely and I have high hopes. Fingers crossed. Now if I could just get on it and get it done. We know about my time management problem…
But, I think I may have stumbled onto a method that might work. We will have to see. It is called Getting Things Done (GTD) and is based on a book by David Allen. Bear in mind, I have not yet read the book but I’ve learned enough from browsing about it online to know the general premise of it.
GTD rests on the principle that a person needs to move tasks out of the mind by recording them somewhere. That way, the mind is freed from the job of remembering everything that needs to be done, and can concentrate on actually performing those tasks.
This makes sense and I think I can do this, in some muddled form or another. I had thought I would use a fancy-schmancy journal type book to scribble these things into but I don’t think that will work. So, I will use a plain old spiral notebook that I can fold open and have a page staring at me all the time. That will be more accessible and more easy to work with. And, the lists don’t have to be tidy or pretty or bulleted or bordered with flowers and bows. The idea is to get the ideas and tasks out of your head and that doesn’t require fancification. Thank goodness.
So, I plan to try this for awhile and see how we go. Can’t hurt anyway.
(I also plan to use this same notebook – make columns perhaps – to record my protein intake and any Etsy craft ideas that I have. I think it a good plan to get those things out of my mind and onto paper as well. Hooray for the notebook!)
Anyway, I’ve blogged quite enough today. I have generated some warmth and am ready to go out and tackle some tasks and get some things marked off of my GTD list. Nice. My main task today is packaging up some sold items and wrapping up the Etsy Secret Buddy swap that I’m organizing. I’ve had a great response with it and think it will be a lot of fun! It is a lot of work though but FUN work!
And, Bones is on tonight. I’m back on ONE of my crime shows and LOVING it! Happily, it satisfies me. I don’t feel the need to watch CSI, NCIS or any other crime show. Bones is enough. Let’s hope I can say the same about decaf coffee in a couple of weeks.
Heaven help me.