A Brand New Day

Today is Day 1 of a new weight loss plan. I am tired of fighting with my body. I turn 50 this year and instead of being fat and fifty I want to be fit and fifty. I bought a Vitamix*. I have lots of in-season green veggies and a few fruits. I am giving it a go and I know the next 4 weeks will be make it or break it. I really want this to work for me and I am committed to giving this my all. I knew the first couple of week are really hard for many people as the body is detoxing and purging.

Here is the plan:

1. Start the day with warm lemon water. I am usually up between 5 and 6 am. It will be hard not to have the coffee first but I am willing myself not to falter.

Take 1 lemon and grind/blend it whole with warm/hot water. Down the hatch!

2. Have a morning smoothie: green, green, green. Lots and lots of green.

3. Midday whole grain bread – have you tried Dave’s Killer Bread???? – You have to! The 21 Grain is the best! – with home grown spouts, tomato etc.

4. Afternoon green smoothie.

5. Dinner – assorted veggies, cooked or raw or a large salad, etc.

6. Snack – raisins, prunes, figs, dates, a piece of fruit.

I am working through the details and will tweak as needed. I am planning to blog daily.

About the blogging … I had really decided to quit this blog. What was once great fun and enjoyment turned into something not fun any more. While the content was written for myself the lack of response from readers began to tire me out over the years. Photographing takes time, editing photos takes time, writing takes time, assembling it all together into a nice post takes time. I was spending 3 – 4 hours on blog posts daily and the hobby began to drag me down like a job with low pay, no benefits and co-workers who did not speak to me most days. I knew people were out there but nothing I did seemed to make readers want to talk back to me by leaving a comment. The few who did comments really were lifesavers for a long time. The “Please don’t feed the animals” sign at the zoo have are the exact opposite of what to do with blogging. When you walk by a bloggers exhibit (zoo cage, captivity display) please be kind and feed the animals inside the blog. One comment goes a long way in uplifting and supporting that person to keep on with writing and adding content. Be kind to bloggers – please feed the animals.

Right now I am not sure if I am blogging or using this as a personal diary. What I know that I am doing it documenting my journey so I can look back and see where I was and where I went. If you are coming along for the ride, thanks, make yourself known, the internet can be the biggest empty room in the world.

*I saved hundreds of dollars by choosing a refurbished one from Vitamix through Amazon.

9 Responses to “A Brand New Day”

  • Carrie Compton says:

    Oh Angie, I am so sorry. I always look forward to learning something new from you. Over the years you have taught me so much. I’ve told you before that I admire you so much for your knowledge you are so dedicated to your family. Please don’t stop sharing with us
    God bless

  • Miz S says:

    Angie, you were one of the first bloggers I connected with probably more than 10 years ago, and despite our many differences (lol) you know I came to count you as a friend. I’ve always enjoyed your posts and learned a lot from your projects. I look forward to hearing more about what you are up to down there on the farm xoxo

  • Lisa Constant says:

    I’ve missed you so very much! I apologize for not commenting. Your posts are wonderful to read & brings such joy! I think you are an incredible woman, such a survivor. Please don’t stop sharing!

  • Liz says:

    I missed you!!!

  • Linda says:

    I have enjoyed you post’s over the years and apologize for not comment very much. I look forward to reading more.

  • Kay says:

    I just discovered your blog while searching for a Rotel recipe to can myself (lots of tomatoes/hate paying for something we grow!). After finding your awesome recipe, I clicked on your “About” tab to meet you. I found something we have in common (besides canning – and quilting). Over 50 and wanting to be fit. I just want to encourage you, IT IS POSSIBLE to lose weight and slim down in your 50’s. I just lost 14 pounds of fluff from my middle. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot to lose, but it was all in my middle and made me look dumpy. I did it without purchasing any pills, powder, etc. I strictly counted my calories (1000/day), gave up all sodas and tea, only drinking my coffee in the morning, then water the rest of the day, and lots of it, and basing all meals around “real” food, oatmeal for breakfast then fruit, veggies, and lean meat for lunch and dinner. For exercise, I quit the treadmill and started using an eliptical 3x week for 20 minutes each time. It was a game changer! Best of luck!

  • Laura says:

    Hello Angie!
    I just read your Eggcellent post on all things eggs! Then I made my husband read it – but for once I did not have to coax him!
    I swear, he was into it top to bottom and we both love your style very much, but mainly your darn good information!! Absolutely valuable!
    You’ve reassured a couple of new chicken owners, whose chickens started laying just a couple of weeks ago. Our hens are so sweet and funny, and our dog likes to think she’s herding them LOLOL a hoot! (Aussie Shepard; “must herd everything”).
    Learning the egg components was so reassuring too, as I can tend to get … squeamish sometimes. Eggs can do that to me. But now I’m not wondering.

    Thank you! So much. I’m putting aside time to read more here and again am so glad I found you on the net.

  • Nodin says:

    This article acveehid exactly what I wanted it to achieve.

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