Thursday, February 18, 2016

Coffee I Need...

Four years ago, I embarked on a journey of self-improvement, self-discovery and most of all...self-love!  I was at a point in my life where I was absolutely miserable, but couldn't really put my finger on why.  Through support of friends and family, I found myself wanting to move forward with my occurred that I was spending a lot of time spinning and spinning and not really going anywhere, but getting dizzy really fast!

I lost some weight, which gave me the motivation and courage to make some other changes in my life.  I found that it was just a little more than intake and output.  I had to look at the reasons why I was consuming twice the calories that I was burning... and then decide if or when I needed to burn any of those calories.  Once I got that worked out, I was ready to take the next step.  I cut the calories by cutting out sweets and white flour...that left only carrots and celery.  One can shed quite a few pounds living off of carrots and celery!  Okay, I'll come clean!  I was still eating protein, grains and tons of fruits along with the carrots and celery!

As the pounds began to fall off, I decided to see if I could make some more changes.  I had substituted whole wheat for my flour addiction, but the wheat was beginning to wreak havoc on my digestive system...probably because it didn't have the refined sugar to balance it out!  (This is my professional opinion!) So I began to understand what gluten free meant...give up a bunch of really tasty things so I don't have to pay for it later!

As time passed, I found more and more foods that just didn't want to behave as they worked their way through my intricate plumbing, so I said goodbye to a few more things.  I have been blessed to have found a balance of the right foods, mixed with five gallons of water, and 20 dog walks a day.  Stuff works for me now!

The one addiction/vice/fix/monkey-on-my-back that I will never give up is the almighty cup of Joe! I live for the aroma, the warmth and the smile that it brings to me...exactly 30 minutes after I take my thyroid medication each morning!  I will lie, cheat and kill for this addiction.  Nothing makes me feel more human than my 12 cups a day of unadulterated caffeine.  My Will even has a clause that states that as I am breathing my final breath, there must be coffee administered along with my Last Rites.  When I go, I want to go with a big caffeinated smile, teeth stains and all!

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Jeanie said...

Great writing.....and I wish I could join you for a cup (or 2 or 3)of coffee.

Morgan Cartwright said...

That's a lot of coffee! But hey! We all love something that much!

gin said...

Great positivity on how you took control of what you needed to do with your health. Tho I don't drink coffee, you take on coffee is hilarious. Stopping by from mama kat.

Mimi B said...

Wow, first of all, good job on taking care of yourself! I don't think I could ever drink that much of anything in one day let alone coffee! lol I have one in the morning, and that's it. I'm sure who ever has to make sure your will is followed will have a fun time explaining things to your doctor. =) I wrote about my love of coffee, too!

Mama Kat said...

20 dog walks a day...I'm lucky if I can manage one. ;) I think it's so important when we set out on a mission to make improvements that we understand it's a slow going process. Tweak things here and there and eventually you will end up right where you're meant to be!