A Long Walk to Water

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park who is a Newbery Medalist for A Single Shard.  This book is based on a true story.

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

This was a wonderful book that I think is good for children to read.  They can see how life is in some countries with luck they will learn to appreciate what they have.  The story is about two children who the main thing in their life is survival. You read what they have to do to get water and food to survive.  I think it is good for people to see that this still goes on today.  It is a must read so you can find out how Salva’s life intersects with Nya’s.

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Sticking to Your New Life Change

How many times have we tried to change something in our lives and fell off the horse?  Why didn’t you try getting back on?  It takes time to change a habit in our life; whether it be eating, smoking or exercising.  I know I am bad about this.  I read today that it takes person 66 days to change a habit.  I would think it would be the same with changing to a healthier lifestyle.

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Get Your Head in the Right Place

In Master Class Module 7 Robb talks about getting into the right mindset.  I did agree with what he had to say about that. I do believe that if we change our thinking we change our life.

You have to decide what kind of person you are. Are you the competitive person or are you the person who cares about others but not them? I know that I am the person who has trouble taking care of myself but am always there when I am needed. He talks about you can’t help others if you don’t take care of yourself.

His five mindset strategies are:

#1: Know your process is unique to you.

Sometimes the thought of going from point A to point B is daunting. Overwhelming even. Maybe you don’t feel like you’re ready or that you have enough information.
Perhaps there are perceived obstacles in your path: non-supportive family members, friends, or coworkers.
Or maybe you feel defeated even before you start—which is understandable if previous lifestyle changes didn’t yield the results you were after.
Or maybe you’ve already started, but you feel like you should be further along. You see others who are seemingly light years ahead of where you are today….how can you possibly catch up?
Remember, you’re not them. Your process and your path is unique to you.

#2: Understand the power of small, consistent action

Everyday we have choices…lots of them.
We talked about epigenetics in Module 1 and learned that how your genes are expressed— everything from your health circumstance, the level of body fat you carry, your ability to concentrate and focus—are the result of the inputs your cells are receiving from your environment.
In other words, when you take an action (or don’t) or make a choice, you literally tell your cells what you want them to do.
And, therefore, what you want to look like and who you want to be.
So, even if you just made a less than ideal choice, don’t throw in the towel! Consciously make your next decision one that supports your goals.
Burn this into your mind: You are always one choice away from a different life.
You’re on the right track and you’re going to do great!

#3: Understand human nature—fight OR flight

People are resistant to change. All change. In fact, any sort of change, good or bad, is perceived by the brain as a threat.
Being aware of this now helps you squash any of those pesky thoughts about failure that creep into your head. Don’t. Let. Them. Win.

#4: Relax into your success!

Starting a new program, especially if you’ve tried many in the past, can be daunting.
A hard truth: Results are not always quick.
Play the long game—don’t get discouraged if you don’t see quick results. Real change takes time so be patient. Your body and mind will thank you.
Stay the course, celebrate the small wins, and relax into your success. You didn’t arrive at your current situation overnight, did you? You can’t expect to reverse it overnight either. Only with patience and consistency will you get to where you want to be.

#5: Make good micro decisions, even when things don’t go as planned

So much of success with anything in life—whether a skill, career, or diet and lifestyle— is how you frame your circumstances.
We all know the adage ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ But it’s far more than that.
It’s not just being able to do something positive in an otherwise challenging situation. It’s the thoughts you have daily. The thoughts you may not even realize you have—often they’re so subtle you may not even realize how they’re affecting you.
Let’s say you had every intention of working out this morning. Your alarm starts blaring but you’re exhausted. So you roll over and hit snooze. Finally you got up, showered, grabbed a quick bite, and raced out the door.
You didn’t make it to the gym.
Do you write the day (or the whole week) off as a failure and throw in the towel all together? Have some doughnuts at the office?
Or
Do you figure out a way to get some movement in at work? Take a walk around the building on your break. Try working in a standing position instead of sitting the full day. Take the stairs where possible. Park further away from the entrance and get in some extra steps. Do three sets of three push ups in the living room when you get home.

Feeling good about myself is something that I have been working on before I started this way of life. I always think I am not good enough or that I’m not smart. I don’t understand why people want to be my friends or why anyone would want to love me. David is always trying to help me think better of myself. You wouldn’t believe how many times I tried to run him off before we got married.  He is the best thing that ever happened to me.

I take care of other people because it is what I do. I am need to take care of people. I take care of my family, friends, and even the homeless on the street who I feed sandwiches too. The only one I have trouble taking care of me.  I am going to change that now. I am going to make this change in my life, so I will be here to enjoy my two little twin granddaughters grow up.  I want to be able to play with the older grandkids. This means I need to get healthy.

I know that I may fall off the horse but I will get back on and go forward.

I affirm that I am changing my thinking, changing my life and so it is!

Not Much Checked Today

I got a couple things done this morning on my list like make breakfast.  While on that subject I have to say that I made some pancakes with flax meal, coconut flour, and a lot of eggs that turned out not to bad.  I will make them again.

Then I had to go out to Heather and Dan’s to babysit.  Dusty and David couldn’t do their paint job because it was raining, so they came with me.  Dusty had to fix the two upstairs toilets. Grandpa David had to put together the girls new toy.

Becca

Becca really like it.

I was downstairs doing a little cleaning with the help of Kate.

Kate

The girls were so good today that I got a lot done.

That means I didn’t get much done on my checklist, but it was worth it to spend time with my two little girls.

Well at least I got this checked off today.

 

Something to Think About

Ok so I am still trying to figure out all this Keto diet stuff.  I came across something called Keto Masterclass with Robb Wolf.  I figure I would take it and see if it helps.  I thought I would let ya’ll know how it is going as I travel down my new road.

The first module is called The Foundation. The audio I listened to was interesting but a lot of it I knew like things that can affect your health.  That stress is not good for you.  I even knew that you should hang with like-minded people and your life is so much smoother.  He talks about the 4 Keto Levers; Macro, Movement, Sleep and Stress.  I know if I don’t get a good nights sleep that I have a bad day.  If I use my CPAP then I do have to admit that I sleep a lot better.  Besides David doesn’t have to listen to me rock the house.  Macro is all this great junk food we have.  He said that does something to our genes that cause them not to tell us when we are full.  I can relate to that feeling.  You know when you get up from dinner and are thinking what can I eat now.  I don’t feel full, you say to yourself.  He talked about epigenetics.  From what I can gather you can change your genes. I don’t mean change you DNA.  I kind of look at it like training a dog if you are training a dog with love he will behave well but it you are cruel to it the poor thing only knows how to act cruel.  So if we only give our genes bad things they will not behave but if they are given good things your life will change.  He showed a set of identical twins where one was a runner and one a weight lifter.  Their body shapes were totally different because one burned more carbs than the other or one ate more protein or the different exercise they do.  I guess this is why they say the Keto diet is a life change.

This something that was printed out to read.  There is more too it but I just copied this part.

Epigenetics is the study of changes in your physical characteristics (your phenotypes) that are caused by how your cells read your genes. Your cell membranes are the regulators of your body, determining which molecules are allowed or not allowed into the cell. These molecules also have the ability to influence which characteristics are turned on or off.

Something I read the other day when I was researching Keto diet and breastfeeding for my daughter.  It said that babies are born in Ketogenic which I found interesting.  Anyway it says there is not a problem to be on the diet while pregnant and breastfeeding.

Well I will keep you posted as I travel down this road.

Keto Day 2

I didn’t get this written last night because I was too tired. We ran a ton of errands and I went with David and Dusty to look at some jobs. We chased down the original owner of the truck Dusty, my youngest child, and finally got it in his name. Hurray!

Back to the diet. We had a really good breakfast, who would ever think of baking an egg in an avocado. You should give it a try because it was great with a little cheese on top.

We dropped the groceries off. Yes, I am really getting things in house that we can eat. I also had to buy the briskets I am going to BBQ for the church picnic. I then made a protein shake to fill the empty whole in my stomach. It was wasn’t bad at all.

We had to go out to the valley, Wasilla to be exact, to look at a job. After leaving David says let’s go to one of the breweries out here. I am thinking, oh no our second day on our diet and we are already screwing up. Actually we hadn’t eaten that many carbs yet, so I thought we might be ok as I gulped down my beer with a guilty feeling.

We went to the Last Frontier Brewing company.  We had been there before and I had enjoyed it then too.  We had a very nice brew. We could tell it was where the locals hung out.   You can check them out here.

http://lastfrontierbrew.com/

We got home and I fixed stuffed chicken thighs. They were stuffed with cream cheese, spinach and bacon. They were very tasty. We had a chopped salad I had bought at the store. All in all I didn’t think we did too bad.

Right now I am waiting at the doctor’s office to get my A1C results. I did loose a little weight already though. That makes me feel great about my new life change. A1C is down to 6.3. I have to come back in 3 months to see if I can drop down on Metformin or come off all together. He also said people have had good results on the Keto diet.

Keto Diet

I have decided that we really need to do something about our weight.  Actually, I don’t think David needs to lose as much as I do.  I would love to weigh what he does.  Also, our A1C has just stayed steady at 7.4 and it should be below 7.  We have been kind of sticking to the low carb diet but I just have been slipping a lot lately.  I would like to get it down where we don’t even need to take our pills for it.  I had mine down to 5.7 and got off all my pills.  Then when I had all my surgeries the last 2 years it went up again and now I am on twice as much.  David has been on the same amount for a long time.

Today is going to be the beginning of a new life style.  I have done a lot of research on different diets and decided this is the best for us.  I have bought the food we need, downloaded several cookbooks on kindle and have got the right mind-set.  Like they say at our church, “Change your thinking, change your life” that is what I am following now.

I will keep everyone posted on how the new life change is working for us.  I will post how I am feeling and how it is working for us.

Wish us luck and anyone out there that is on the diet that can give us any help I would appreciate it.

 

Spending Time with Grandbabies

So we got home yesterday and today we watched our granddaughters for a few hours.  My daughter knew we would watch them so our Son in law could do some work because we had not seen them for 5 weeks.  David and I couldn’t get over the fact that they each have started to get fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff  t their own personality already.  Rebecca is going to be the thinker we think. Katharinelllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

This is what happens when you try to blog after a few beers, a shot of whiskey and jet lag.  I kept falling asleep with my fingers on the key.  I gave up and figured I would start again this morning.

As I was saying Rebecca is going to be the thinker.  She is the smaller of the twins but doesn’t miss a thing.  She is always looking and moving.  David thinks her first words will be a sentence.

Katharine right now is the one that wants all the attention.  She has always been the better eater and you can tell because she is catching up to her age faster than her little sister.

They were born 7 weeks early but they were healthy.  They were never on oxygen.  Katharine weighed 3lb7oz and Rebecca weighed 3lb2oz.  They needed to learn how to suckle and weigh over 4lbs to get out of the hospital.  They both left together after a month.  Heather was only giving them breast milk but now she is having trouble keeping up, so they are having to get a little formula.

Heather just told me they went in for their 4 month check up and Katharine weighed 11lb2oz and Rebecca weighed 9lb7oz.

This is the girls when we left.

These are the photos that Heather sent me while we were gone to butter me up before she asked if I could watch the girls once a week when we got home.  They don’t seem to be able to get anything done.  Can’t imagine why.  Let’s see they are raising twins, Heather is the CEO of the largest manufacturer in Alaska and Dan in trying to run his real estate business.  So now Grandma and Grandpa are back and we can help out when needed.

These are the pictures that I took while we had them yesterday.  They really are good babies.  They fuss if they are hungry or fighting sleep.  They are girls and are afraid they are going to miss something if they are sleeping.  But to their surprise Grandma knew how to get them to sleep after raising 5 children and the 10 grandchildren before they were born.

 

If you can’t tell we are very proud of our little girls and will enjoy watching them grow up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Missed Our Flight

After church we stopped at Midnight Sun Brewery for lunch and our last pre-trip Juju, Panty Peeler Beer and orange juice,  so good.  We said bye to our two friends Judie and Kim, then headed home.  We change clothes and David sits on the couch.  I told him I was taking Dusty grocery shopping.  He is like fine I will probably be asleep when you get back.  Dusty and I get home from shopping and sure enough David is sleeping.  Dusty and I go do some things we had to do around the house.  I get my stuff done and just before I seat down David wakes.  He grabs is phone out of his pocket, then he says, “It’s 4:38”.  I reply, “yea why”.  He then says, “Our flight was for 3:20”.  To which I reply, “Yea, tomorrow”.  To his relief we didn’t miss the flight.

ONE DAY TO GO,  JUST OVER 22 HOURS!