Well, look at that. It’s already Tuesday. (12 hours later…) Strike that. Almost Wednesday. Once again it’s been days since my last post. Perhaps you’re glad I’m slowing down. I’m certainly feeling less self-imposed pressure to post daily, so that’s been nice. Unfortunately, I just don’t feel very smart lately. Not much on the brain other than the mundane, and I’m not so vain as to think you want a full-length blog post on the intricacies of learning to needle-point or knitting in the round. So once again I’m going to pull a “cheater” post and tell you a bunch of things that may or may not have anything to do with each other.
Paleo Be Gone
Today is the last day of my 21-day Paleo challenge. No sugar, no grains, no dairy, no alcohol, no processed foods. The only areas I cheated were 2 glasses of wine and a handful of dairy in other foods.
Physically I’m pretty disappointed with the results. I didn’t lose any weight or inches that I can tell, and this is the single strictest diet I’ve been on. The last time I tried Paleo even close to this caliber I had astounding results. I was also exercising more regularly, but I’m still surprised by how the diet alone has done nothing. I have some concerns about the Paleo model since my initial successes with it have been followed by several failures. Maybe I’ll go into that sometime, but not today.
The single most eye-opening part of the diet was watching myself crash off my sugar addiction. There were moments when I truly did not recognize myself and saw an addict in my place. Eery. I’m going to have to consider this in light of an interesting post I read on Modern Mrs. Darcy about a moderater versus and abstainer’s personality. I definitely fall into the abstainer realm.
The spiritual results are quite different. I was getting down on myself last week (a lot of negative self-talk, as my counselor-husband would put it) when I realized that the spiritual fruits of this diet were plentiful. There were countless instances this month when I had to draw my hand back from mindlessly eating the kids leftovers or grabbing food just because it was there. I’ve talked a whole bunch on this blog about how I’m an easily-distracted person and it clearly translates to my eating habits. I hope this new mindfulness continues after the diet is over.
I had 2 Challenge buddies for this one and both of them lost weight and continue to love the Paleo diet with no plans to stop, so my results are not universal, and may not even be typical. I’m interested in hearing from all of you: Have you tried Paleo? If so, what are your thoughts?
Zeke interlude: Me: Oy. My eyes are bothering me so much right now. Zeke: Mommy, why you tic-tacs hurting?
My next plans for the eating during Advent are simple, clean eating. I will probably continue to skip sugar as much as I possibly can until Christmas comes around. I know a lot of you are probably shaking your head and saying “well, DUH!” right now. I don’t really blame you. But be patient with me, okay? On a certain level, Paleo makes total sense to me. My body and my emotions just don’t agree with my brain, though, so… what’s the point?
Gabe interlude: Me: (waiting a looooooong time for Gabe to finish using the park bathroom.) Okay, buddy. It’s time to get down and wipe. Gabe: NO! Mommy, let me tell you how many more minutes I need: (pause) a few minutes.
Not Food Related
The first year we were in Korea, the kids had a babysitter named Ariel. She was a high school senior and our kids absolutely adored her. We lost touch when she graduated and moved away a year and a half ago, but we’re still friends with her aunt and uncle. A few days ago we learned that Ariel had been involved in a horrific car crash. She sustained 2 breaks to her spine (t1 and t3? Maybe my soon-to-be licensed chiropractor brother can weigh in on what those might affect.) and suffered traumatic brain injury. From my understanding, her status was touch-and-go for awhile. By some miracle, she was not paralyzed and has since regained consciousness. She is healing well, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who responded my my prayer requests on Facebook.
According to people who understand the accident, she is alive now because she was wearing her seat belt. Well, that and an off-duty sheriff deputy saw the accident and pulled her free from the car.
Here she is!
Zeke Interlude #2: Zeke: (sliding on his belly on the tile floor) Lalala! I’m sliiiiiiiiiiiiiding! Sliding all the way to Hong Kong and China! And Sac-a-da-mento! (Thank you, Geography Songs!)
Since I’m Already Revealed to be a No-Holds-Barred Papist…
I got this message tonight:
I just wanted to say congrats to you and your fellow Catholics for picking such an awesome pope! (I know you and/or your friends didn’t pick him, but awesomeness abounds anyways!) He keeps on proving day in and day out that he is an amazingly good man. I hope a good amount of people stop and listen to the wise words he speaks.
[...]I may be an atheist (with an occasional bent towards agnostic), but when I hear the words and see the acts of this man, I have so much more hope for humanity. Pope Francis is paradigmatic of all the best aspects of all religions.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
If you knew this woman like I do, you heart would be as gladdened as mine is by the way Pope Francis continues to bring people together. I know she’s not offering to convert or anything, but I’m just so grateful for this pope. So so grateful that he sets the bar high for the rest of us Catholics to live up to.
Aliya Interlude: Aliya: (referring to the Egyptian collars she and Gianna made during their latest history lesson) I guess you could say that Gianna and I have very different styles. :D
Speaking of Instagram
I have a new Instagram account: micaela_darr. If you’d like to follow me, I’d love to have you and follow you back! Unless you’re a weirdo, and then don’t bother cause no-can-do. Ain’t nobody got time for dat.
Gianna Interlude: After reading (and laughing at) these U.S. states maps filled out by a bunch of different Brits: Me: Can you name the states on the east coast? Gianna: Sure. (Singing and pointing to each state) Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine! (Thanks again, Geography Songs!)
Calling All Catholic Bloggers
Actually, anyone who celebrates Advent is welcome! A very special edition of 3 Reasons begins Friday. If you’d like to join me, I’d love to hear about your 3 favorite aspects of Advent. The link-up will be live on Friday November 29th and remain open until December 24th.
Finally… The Best Conversation I’ve had all month
If you’re on Facebook, Click on over to Like the California to Korea Facebook page.
I’m linking up with Rosie at A Blog for My Mom. Only click that link if you like reading funny things kids say.
I’ll be back Thursday for a very brief Theme Thursday post, and then Friday for 3 Reasons. I hope to see you all there. :)